Excellence in robotic and minimally invasive surgery

The Wesley Hospital is an Australian leader in robotic surgery, hosting the largest robotic program in the country. We are the first hospital in Australia to have two Da Vinci surgical robotic systems, and our highly skilled surgeons perform almost 750 robotic surgeries annually across urology, general surgery, gynaecology, gynae-oncology and colorectal surgery.

  • Minimally invasive
    The benefits of minimally invasive robotic surgery are less post-operative pain, less blood loss and less scarring.

  • Faster recovery
    This means a shorter hospital stay, and a faster return to normal activities for patients

We are proud to be accredited as Australia’s first Centre of Excellence in Robotic Surgery (COERS) by international accrediting body Surgical Review Corporation (SRC). As a Centre of Excellence, we have been recognised for delivering high-quality care, processes and patient journey outcomes – from diagnosis right through to post-operative care.

Robotic surgery provides minimally invasive surgical options with greater technical capacity than other surgical methods. It provides the surgeon with enhanced visualisation through magnification, 3D and HD vision, articulation of surgical tools and the use of dyes and lights to identify key structures to guide surgery. The da Vinci system enables surgeons to operate with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity, purpose and control.

The da Vinci surgical system uses robotic technology to allow the surgeon’s hand movements to be translated into smaller, precise movements of small instruments inside the patient’s body. The system allows surgeons better vision of surgery, with its HD 3D camera, as well as greater precision.

The Wesley Hospital was the first Australian hospital to have two da Vinci surgical system robots. This allows us to perform greater numbers of robotic surgeries, support education and training programs, and provide surgeons to work side-by-side on complex cases.

Radical prostatectomy is the most common procedure performed at The Wesley Hospital using the da Vinci surgical robot. Learn more.

Since launching The Wesley’s robotics program at in 2010, our surgeons have led the way in Australia, delivering a list of Queensland and Australian firsts in surgical operations using the da Vinci robot.

  • Dr Geoff Coughlin: Cystectomy (Queensland first); cystectomy with intracorporeal neobladder (Australian first); pelvic exenteration (Australian first).
  • Dr David Cavallucci: Liver resection (Australian first); hiatus hernia repair (Queensland first); portal node dissection (Australian first).
  • Dr Jim Nicklin: Hysterectomy for cancer (Queensland first).

The Wesley has a mature robotics program with a large, highly trained nursing support team that allows the hospital to offer an ever-expanding service, including urology, colorectal, gynae-oncology, general surgical, and cardiothoracic surgery.

The Wesley has the largest da Vinci robotic program in Australia and New Zealand, and is the first hospital in Australia and New Zealand to operate two 4th Generation da Vinci Xi systems and Trumpf operating tables.

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Note: The information here is for general reference only. To understand the benefits and risks specific to your condition and overall situation, please discuss any procedure with your treating doctor.

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