Eastern Suburbs Urology

Robotic Surgery

Robotic surgery, also known as robot-assisted surgery, is an advanced surgical technique that utilises robotic systems to assist urologists in performing complex procedures with enhanced precision and control.

The most commonly used robotic surgical system is the da Vinci robotic surgical system, which consists of robotic arms, a high-definition 3D camera, and specialised surgical instruments.

Dr Savdie has access to the latest da Vinci Xi robotic surgical system at St Vincent’s Private Hospital, as well as Prince of Wales Private Hospital.

Benefits of Robotic Surgery in Urology

Robotic systems provide urologists with a greater degree of precision and dexterity compared to traditional open surgery or laparoscopic techniques. The robotic arms can replicate the surgeon’s hand movements with enhanced stability, allowing for precise manipulation of instruments in tight spaces.

The 3D camera system provides a magnified and high-definition view of the surgical site, allowing urologists to visualise anatomical structures with exceptional clarity. This enhanced visualisation helps in precise dissection and identification of critical structures during surgery.

Robotic surgery is minimally invasive, requiring only a few small incisions compared to traditional open surgery. These smaller incisions result in less tissue damage, reduced blood loss, and a quicker recovery time for patients. Additionally, the smaller incisions lead to improved cosmetic outcomes with minimal scarring.

Robotic surgery has been associated with lower rates of complications compared to open surgery. The enhanced precision and improved visualisation help to minimise the risk of inadvertent injury to surrounding tissues and organs. Reduced blood loss and shorter hospital stays are also observed with robotic procedures.

Due to the minimally invasive nature of robotic surgery, patients often experience less pain, reduced postoperative discomfort, and a faster return to their normal daily activities compared to open surgery. The smaller incisions and reduced tissue trauma contribute to a quicker recovery and shorter hospital stays.

Robotic surgery has revolutionised the treatment of complex urological conditions. It enables urologists to perform intricate procedures, such as prostatectomy, kidney surgery, and bladder reconstruction, with greater precision and control. The flexibility of robotic instruments allows surgeons to access difficult-to-reach areas and perform delicate manoeuvres with improved outcomes.

Robotic surgery requires specialised training for surgeons to operate the robotic systems effectively. Surgeons undergo a learning curve to become proficient in the techniques. With continued advancements in technology and surgeon experience, robotic surgery in urology continues to evolve, leading to further improvements in patient outcomes.

It is important to note that while robotic surgery offers several advantages, not all urologic procedures require robotic assistance. The decision to undergo robotic surgery should be made after a thorough discussion between the patient and the urologist, considering individual circumstances, the complexity of the procedure, and the surgeon’s expertise.

Dr Richard Savdie


Dr Savdie is a highly-experienced Sydney-based urologist and uro-oncology surgeon specialising in minimally-invasive robotic surgery and laparoscopic surgery.

He consults and operates at multiple leading private and public hospitals around the Eastern Suburbs.