Our robotic surgery team today performed their 1000th surgery using Peter Mac’s da Vinci Xi robot. The milestone was reached at a rate of almost one robotic surgery every day, for 3.5 years.

This is a big gain on the six years it took to perform a thousand surgeries using Peter Mac’s previous, and earlier version, of this robot.

“We’re delighted to today hit a thousand surgeries on our da Vinci Xi robot and a little sooner than we thought possible,” says Prof Declan Murphy, Director of Robotic Surgery at Peter Mac.

“This is good news for the health system, patient wait times, and we also know patients benefit from faster recovery from robotic surgery with more than 90% able to be discharged home the next day.”

Stephen, a 72-year-old retired builder of Oak Park, was the 1000th patient.

He was diagnosed with prostate cancer in late 2020, after his GP first noticed a rising PSA level in late 2019.

Accompanied by his wife Julie, Stephen arrived at Peter Mac this morning to have his prostate removed.

“I’m not worried about it at all,” he said before his milestone robotic surgery.

“At least you know it’s been done 999 times before! … and there’s plenty of experience behind it.”

Prof Declan Murphy along with milestone patient Stephen and his wife Julie.
Prof Declan Murphy along with milestone patient Stephen and his wife Julie.

The robot is used to perform laparoscopic - or “keyhole” - surgery under the control of a surgeon.

It makes it possible to perform extremely precise and delicate surgeries through tiny incisions.

In addition to prostate cancer, the robotic surgery program benefits patients with kidney cancer, testicular cancer, bowel cancer, oesophageal cancer, gynaecological cancers and cancers of the head and neck.

Peter Mac's da Vinci Xi robot was generously funded by philanthropic donors and Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation supporters.

Learn more about robotic surgery at Peter Mac.