Epworth HealthCare is an Australian leader in robotic surgery. We pioneered the use of the da Vinci® robotic system in 2003, completing the first robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy in Australia, at Epworth Richmond.

Possible benefits for patients

  • Quicker return to normal activity
  • Less blood loss
  • Less scarring than other traditional open surgery
  • Lower blood transfusion rates
  • Lower risk of infection
  • Reduced surgical complications
  • Shorter hospital stay

Which procedures can be performed using a robot?

The most common procedure performed using a robot is a radical prostatectomy.

Other procedures using robotic assisted surgery include:

  • Anterior resection for rectal cancer
  • Hysterectomy
  • Heart valve surgery
  • Partial nephrectomy for kidney cancer
  • Radical cystectomy for bladder cancer
  • Selected head and neck cancers (trans-oral robotic surgery)

Australian robotic surgery firsts at Epworth

  • First cardiac surgery in Australia using a robot
  • First hospital in Australia to install a dual-console robot for training
  • First hysterectomy in Australia using a robot
  • First radical cystectomy (bladder removal) using a robot
  • First radical prostatectomy in Australia using a robot
  • Robotic Surgical Specialties at Epworth

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