Fiona Stanley Hospital becomes first WA public hospital to offer robotic urological surgery

 Fiona Stanley and Fremantle Hospitals Group Head of Urology professor Dickon Hayne, Health Minister Roger Cook and South Metropolitan Health Service chief executive Paul Forden with the new machine.
Fiona Stanley and Fremantle Hospitals Group Head of Urology professor Dickon Hayne, Health Minister Roger Cook and South Metropolitan Health Service chief executive Paul Forden with the new machine.

PATIENTS will benefit after Fiona Stanley Hospital took delivery of a system that will allow for robotic urological surgery following a $5 million State Government investment.

The da Vinci system will allow suitable public patients requiring urological procedures to receive robotic-assisted prostate and kidney surgery.

It is the first of its kind in a WA public hospital, and makes FSH one of only seven public hospitals in Australia with this capability.

The da Vinci program provides the surgeon with 3D vision, magnification capabilities and enhanced dexterity to manipulate and dissect areas where access is challenging or limited with the human hand.

Compared to traditional techniques, the da Vinci system delivers a better patient experience through faster recovery, reduced length of stay in hospital and faster return to normal activities.

It is also expected to deliver greater efficiencies due to improved surgical outcomes, and a lower likelihood of subsequent treatments.

FSH is commissioning the da Vinci system and training staff ahead of the first robotic surgery, which is expected in October this year.

Health Minister Roger Cook said the system was about putting patients first.

“We want all West Australians to have access to the best health services and treatments,” he said.

“The robotic system is a significant addition to the public hospital system in WA, with FSH now on par with major private and international centres.