The Lifehouse da Vinci Xi Surgical System robot marked its first birthday in December with two kidney cancer operations carried out by urologist Dr Scott Leslie. Dr Leslie is an authority on robotic surgery and mentors and trains urologists throughout Australia.
The dual-console robot is one of the world’s most advanced pieces of surgical hardware and allows our specialists to carry out advanced onco-surgery with minimal invasion.
This was the first surgical robot of its type operating in the Southern Hemisphere and it has been used at Lifehouse in over 100 surgical procedures. The purchase was possible thanks to the kind generosity of our donors. It started with a pledge of $1 million by former Lifehouse Chairman, Robin Crawford AM. His friend and former Chairman of the Lifehouse Building Committee, Lang Walker, then made a matching donation
These two incredible acts of generosity acted as the catalyst for some of our most generous supporters, including Mr Wai Kong Lo and The Star, Sydney amongst others, to donate the remaining funds, allowing us to purchase the robot in December 2015.
A/Professor Trevor Tejada-Berges pictured above at the launch of the da Vinci Xi in December 2015 with Former NSW Health Minister, Jillian Skinner