Dr Yaxley is a past Chairman of the Northern Section of the Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand. His private practice is subspecialised to the treatment of prostate cancer.
Dr Yaxley has a special interest in radical prostatectomy, particularly in nerve-sparing procedures to maintain post-operative potency. He has performed approximately 2000 radical prostatectomy procedures, including, robotic techniques. Dr Yaxley is a co-investigator in the randomised open versus robotic radical prostatectomy trial at the Royal Brisbane Hospital.
Dr Yaxley performed the first prostatic brachytherapy procedure in Queensland in conjunction with the radiotherapists at the Wesley Hospital in August 2000. He has performed over 1000 brachytherapy procedures since that time.