Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Robot to the Rescue

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Robot to the Rescue

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Byline: Kristin Payne Warwick Daily News

IT TOOK a $2.6million robot and a team of surgeons to help Warwick's John Rutledge beat prostate cancer.

He was the first patient to undergo robotic-assisted surgery in regional Australia. It took place at St Andrew's Hospital using the da Vinci Surgical System.

It replicates the user's hand movements allowing surgeons to remove the cancerous prostate through complex keyhole surgery.

Mr Rutledge said he wasn't nervous about being the first patient in the region to use the new technology. He was excited about the prospect.

"I keep up with the times. It's 2014 not 1950, the surgery has been tried and proven."

Six incisions of less than one centimetre were made along Mr Rutledge's abdomen.

That compared with an incision of up to 10 to 20 cm for a traditional radical prostatectomy.

Urologist Dr Wes Hii said: "The da Vinci prostatectomy is innovative technology that offers extraordinary benefits to patients and revolutionises the treatment for prostate cancer. …

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