Hon Roger Cook BA GradDipBus MBA MLA

Hon Roger Cook BA GradDipBus MBA MLA

Deputy Premier; Minister for Health; Mental Health

    Robotic surgery becomes reality for Fiona Stanley Hospital

    11/07/2018 1:10 PM
    • Fiona Stanley Hospital (FSH) to become the first public hospital in WA offering robotic urological procedures
    • State-of-the-art robotic system will revolutionise prostate treatment for public patients

    Fiona Stanley Hospital will be the first public hospital in Western Australia to offer robotic urological surgery after taking delivery of a da Vinci system as part of 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.


    The $5 million 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.


    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 has also launched a new surgical robotics program to train the next generation of surgeons using robotics, ensuring Western Australians continue to benefit from the latest medical technology.


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


    Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook:


    "The multi-million-dollar investment from the McGowan Government shows our commitment to providing the latest health techniques to benefit the lives of Western Australians undergoing urological surgery.


    "This innovative da Vinci Surgical System is all about putting patients first. We want all Western Australians to have access to the best health services and treatments.


    "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.


    "The da Vinci system will establish FSH as a 'centre of excellence' in robotic surgery and clinical innovation and help ensure the WA health system will be able to attract and train expert clinicians."


    Minister's office: 6552 6500