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Clinical Specialties - Robotic Surgery

Urological Robotic Surgeons and Procedures

A urological condition is any disease or disorder that affects the male reproductive organs, or the male and female urinary tract (kidneys, bladder, ureters and urethra).

Some urologic conditions that may require surgery include an enlarged prostate (known as benign prostatic hyperplasia), prostate and kidney cancer, kidney obstructions (known as uretero-pelvic junction obstruction), urinary incontinence and diseases of the bladder.  

Many urological problems can be treated without surgery. However, if prescription medical therapies do not help, your doctor may recommend surgery. Surgical options may include open surgery (through one large incision), endoscopic surgery (through the urethra) or minimally invasive surgery, which can be done using traditional laparoscopy or robotic assisted da Vinci surgery.

Sydney Adventist Hospital now provides robotic surgery at no extra cost.  It has negotiated a zero cost on the consumables (disposable surgical attachments) required during da Vinci robotic surgery. Depending on your health fund, this amount can range from $1,500 to $3,500 in savings. By eliminating this cost, you can make a decision about what type of surgery is best for you based on your preference and surgical outcomes. Finally…robotic surgery on a level playing field.

Our Urological robotic surgeons

The new da Vinci robotic program on offer at Sydney Adventist Hospital has a growing number of robotically-trained surgeons capable of performing procedures using this approach. The San is very proud of its robotic surgical team, featuring some of the most highly regarded robotic surgeons across a range of specialised fields, all of whom have extensive training on the da Vinci system.

Our robotic urological surgeons include:

Urological robotic procedures performed at the San

Minimally invasive surgery, also known as keyhole surgery, is a modern surgical technique in which operations are performed through small incisions, using small tubes, tiny cameras and surgical instruments. Robotic surgery is a form of minimally invasive surgery, and has been gaining favour over traditional open surgery due to the following benefits as detailed in published clinical journals and referenced in attached patient information brochures:

  • Faster patient recovery
  • Less pain
  • Less blood loss and scarring
  • Lower risk of infection

Below is a list of urological conditions treated by San specialists using da Vinci robotic surgery. Click on the link to access more information, including a da Vinci patient information brochure about the procedure and the risks associated with robotic surgery.

Prostate Cancer 

Finding out you have prostate cancer may be one of the hardest things you’ve faced. That’s why it’s important to learn the facts about your condition before choosing the best path forward. You may also want to talk to your doctor about how the nerves around your prostate gland can be protected. These nerves help to control urinary and sexual function.

Having surgery to remove your prostate is called prostatectomy. This can be done as open surgery (through one large incision) or as minimally invasive surgery (through a few small incisions). If you are considering minimally invasive surgery, then da Vinci robotic surgery may be an option.

See more patient information on da Vinci robotic surgery for prostate cancer.

Partial and Radical Nephrectomy 

Partial nephrectomy is also referred to as "nephron-sparing surgery" or "kidney-sparing surgery." During partial nephrectomy the surgeon removes the tumour without removing the whole kidney. This is delicate surgery that requires a high level of expertise. Partial nephrectomy can be performed via open, pure laparoscopic or robotic-assisted laparoscopic surgery and a surgeon trained and experienced in all techniques is ideal.

The major advantage to partial nephrectomy is preserving kidney function. This can be particularly important for a patient who already suffers from kidney failure.

Nephrectomy is a surgical procedure to remove a diseased kidney, usually for cancer.  This is necessary for larger cancers where preservation of part of the kidney is not suitable.  This operation can be performed in an open, laparascopic and robot-assisted fashion.

See more patient information on da Vinci robotic surgery for kidney cancer.


Nephroureterectomy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure to remove a patient's renal pelvis, kidney, ureter, and bladder cuff, in an attempt to provide the greatest likelihood of survival for patients with transitional cell cancer.

Nephroureterectomy can be performed via robotic surgery using the da Vinci surgical system. For more patient information on robotic surgery using the da Vinci system, click here.


Pyeloplasty is a surgical procedure to remove a blockage in the ureter (the tube that carries urine from the kidney to the bladder) due to a narrowing of the tube where it attaches to the kidney. After the blockage is removed, the ureter is reconnected to the kidney and a stent is placed to allow healing and drainage of urine from the kidney.

This type of blockage is called ureteropelvic junction obstruction (UPJ obstruction). In UPJ obstruction, urine is unable to pass freely from the kidney into the ureter, resulting in pressure build up inside the renal pelvis and kidney, thereby causing pain, kidney stones, and potentially a decline in the kidney’s function over time.

Pyeloplasty can be performed using either open or minimally invasive surgery. Robotic surgery using the da Vinci surgical system is a form of minimally invasive surgery and the San has some highly skilled robotic surgeons capable of performing this procedure.

See more patient information on the use of the da Vinci system for Pyeloplasty.

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