Years of Experience
Robotic radical prostatectomies
Prof Tony Costello is an invited faculty member of the American Urological Association where annually he teaches aspects of robotic surgery to an international audience. He is also on the Editorial Board of the US publication Journal of Robotic Surgery, the British Journal of Urology and the Journal of Endourology.
Prostate cancer is the number one male cancer in Australia. It is the second commonest cancer death in men in this country. In the year 2015 there were approximately 2,700 deaths from prostate cancer and 12,000 cases of prostate cancer were diagnosed.
At present it takes 8 to 10 years to fully train one surgeon. The opportunity to apply computer based teaching may lead to a shorter time to technical accomplishment for young surgeons.
On an individual patient basis there is a proven case for replacing open and laparoscopic (key-hole) surgery with robot assisted surgery which can reduce post-operative complications by up to 50%.
In most cases robotic assisted surgery results in reduced blood loss, early hospital discharge and early return to normal activity.