Percutaneous “KEY HOLE” Surgery (PCNL)

Percutaneous renal surgery PCNL

Keyhole surgery is telescopic surgery within the kidney, mostly for kidney stones and only very occasionally for obstruction to kidney drainage, and even more rarely, for tumors of the kidney.

Associate Professor Webb assisted with the first percutaneous nephrolithotomy in Australia in 1983, worked with Mr John Wickham and Professor John Fitzpatrick, two of the founders of this technique in London and Dublin. He has been awarded with the Degree of Master of Surgery for his research into the structural and anatomical basis of percutaneous nephrolithotomy.

He has subsequently been awarded a Doctor of Medicine also from the University of Melbourne for his numerous publications related to the clinical application of percutaneous techniques, as well as developing many other surgical procedures.

Associate Professor Webb conducts workshops locally and internationally and at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. He has recently completed the manuscript for his 2nd textbook on percutaneous renal surgery. You can purchase a copy of the book here.

At the Austin Hospital, he treats the majority of very large, infected and complex staghorn kidney stones which are seen in patients with spinal cord injuries and neurogenic bladders.

Associate Professor Webb pioneered percutaneous renal surgery in children and the Royal Children’s Hospital and is currently involved with the new miniaturized “mini Perc” operations for kidney and upper ureteric stones.

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