Complex spinal surgery is now available in Queensland’s Darling Downs region thanks to an investment in advanced robotic technology by St Andrew’s Toowomba Hospital.
The landmark first procedures using the spinal navigation system were performed in November 2023 by St Andrew’s-based orthopaedic surgeon Dr Leo Zeller.
The hospital was the first in regional Australia to acquire the Globus Medical ExcelsiusGPS technology, and the second in Queensland.
It is designed to improve safety and accuracy for spinal orthopaedic procedures, meaning less-invasive surgery for patients and a shorter stay in hospital along with quicker recovery time.
The system also reduces radiation exposure to surgeons and staff, providing world-first technology combining a rigid robotic arm and full navigation capabilities into one adaptable platform.
“This is a great step going forward for spinal surgery for the region,” said Dr Zeller, who is offering access to Globus treatments at St Andrew’s Toowoomba along with colleague Dr Joshua Piercey.
“It will deliver better outcomes for our patients and improve access to cutting-edge technology for the residents of the Darling Downs and beyond,” he added.
In 2014, St Andrew’s Toowoomba became the first hospital in regional Australia to provide robotic surgery, with the da Vinci system.
“We are extremely excited to be continuing the lead, introducing innovative healthcare solutions to regional communities,” interim CEO Tracie Beveridge said.
“The Globus system allows us to treat our patients locally which is great for our community and great for our hospital.”
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