Dr Scott Leslie is a urological surgeon with expertise in robotic surgery, advanced laparoscopic surgery and in the treatment of patients with urological cancers. Dr Leslie is focused on achieving the best outcomes for his patients by utilising the latest surgical technology in his practice and by listening to what his patients and their families desire from their treatment. He understands that patients’ goals extend beyond cure of their disease and include achieving the best functional results following surgery.
Dr Leslie received unparalleled training and experience in robotic surgery during his fellowship at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles. He primarily treats patients with prostate, kidney and bladder cancer, but also has an interest in surgery for kidney stones as well as for enlarged prostates causing urinary difficulties. Dr Leslie is committed to teaching and regularly instructs in robotic surgery for urologists throughout Australia who are learning these novel surgical techniques.
The da Vinci Surgical Robotic System is increasingly utilised to perform urological operations for both benign and malignant conditions. This advanced surgical technology enables a minimally invasive (keyhole) approach for even the most complex operations, with proven benefits of minimal post-operative pain, shorter hospital stay and faster return to normal activity levels. Furthermore, the da Vinci robot enhances the surgeon’s vision, dexterity, precision and control, thus enabling superior surgical outcomes.
Dr Leslie trained with world leaders in robotic surgery at the University of Southern
California (USC) in Los Angeles and offers robotic surgery for prostate cancer, kidney cancer and bladder cancer. In addition, he performs robotic surgery for kidney obstruction (PUJO, ureteric strictures), adrenal lesions and for BPH (benign enlargement of the prostate).
Robotic Prostatectomy is increasingly accepted as the preferred surgical approach for men with clinically significant, localised prostate cancer. The 3D magnification and precise, wristed movements provided by the robot allow for preservation of the continence mechanism as well as the nerves for erectile function thereby maintaining excellent quality of life following surgery.
With minimal discomfort after the robotic procedure, Dr Leslie’s patients are typically back home
on day one or two following the operation.
Robotic partial nephrectomy is performed for renal cancers where the vast majority of the kidney is preserved, and only the tumour-bearing portion of the kidney excised. This allows maximal preservation of renal function, which in turn has long-lasting benefits for patients’ cardiovascular and overall health.
Dr Leslie worked alongside Dr Inderbir Gill, a world-renowned expert in minimally invasive partial nephrectomy surgery at the University of Southern California.
Dr Leslie is one of the few surgeons offering robotic partial nephrectomy for complex renal tumors and in select cases can perform a ‘zero-ischemia’ robotic partial nephrectomy for optimal renal function preservation.
Robotic cystectomy for bladder cancer is a complex procedure that actually comprises three separate parts to the operation. The first part involves removal of the urinary bladder and the surrounding organs (prostate in men, uterus/cervix in women). This is followed by removal of the lymph nodes where cancer cells can spread to, and finally the formation of a urinary diversion (ileal conduit or ‘new’ bladder).
Dr Leslie is one of the few surgeons who can perform all three aspects of the surgery with the da Vinci robot and thereby provides his patients with all the benefits of a minimally invasive approach.
In select patients Dr Leslie can spare the nerves for erections in men, and preserve the vagina/uterus in women for optimal functional outcomes following their surgery.