Da Vinci Robotic Prostatectomy

Associate Professor Webb trained in robotic or Da Vinci prostatectomy in September 2005. At that time in Australia, there were only 2 robotic surgeons in Melbourne performing the technique, so along with 3 colleagues he travelled to America to learn and train in robotic surgery.

This was a mixed training, commencing at the Intuitive (the producers of the da Vinci robot) research lab headquarters in Silicon Valley. They returned to Australia with an American Urologist supervising their surgery at Epworth Eastern for a month. Associate Professor Webb has since performed over 500 cases. He is an accredited trainer and mentor for surgeons learning robotic prostatectomy.

He has published four papers in the International Peer Reviewed literature. These include two new variations of operative technique, complications of robotic surgery and outcomes compared to open surgery, particularly explaining the avoidance of bladder neck contracture following robotic prostatectomy. He also compared his pathological margin clearance rates using robotic surgery. These were 50% better with robotic surgery when compared to open radical prostatectomy. His figures match those in the World literature.

More recently, Associate Professor Webb has been performing Da Vinci prostatectomy at Freemason’s Hospital. He performed the first robotic prostatectomy on a member of the Australian Defence Force in his role as an RAAF Specialist Reservist.

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