Historic surgery for Fiona Stanley Hospital

A man sits in a hospital bed. A man wearing theatre scrubs sits next to the bed.
John de Boer has become the first public patient in Western Australia to have robotic urology surgery completed by Fiona Stanley Hospital Surgeon Dr Matthew Brown.
October 29, 2018

Fiona Stanley Hospital (FSH) has made history with the first robotic urological surgery at a public hospital in Western Australia.

Patient John de Boer became the first person to undergo surgery with the da Vinci robotic system, with surgeon Dr Matthew Brown.

“This is a historic moment for our hospital. We can now offer robotic surgery with the most advanced piece of equipment in the modern operating theatre,” Dr Brown said.

“It enables us to deliver minimally invasive prostate and kidney surgery in a very controlled way, with optimum movement in tight spaces.

“This new method will provide significant benefits for our patients including a faster procedure, less blood loss, greater precision, shorter hospital stay, faster recovery time, fewer complications, fewer readmissions and in most cases better outcomes.”

John underwent the cutting edge surgery following a diagnosis of prostate cancer late last year.

“I opted to wait a few extra months to get my surgery done robotically as the quicker recovery time really appealed to me,” John said.

John was home within 24 hours of surgery, which would have previously been a three to five day hospital stay.

Fiona Stanley Fremantle Hospitals Group Executive Director Janet Zagari said she was thrilled to celebrate this milestone after years of hard work behind the scenes.

“There has been a significant team effort in getting to this point, with substantial planning, logistics and training taking place to make this a reality,” Janet said.

“It is a really exciting time for us; we can now offer the latest surgical techniques to ensure the best patient outcomes.”

The system is the first of its kind in a WA public hospital and makes FSH one of only seven public hospitals in Australia with this robotic surgical capability.

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