Peter Sutherland OAM

Dr Peter Sutherland trained in Australia, the USA and the UK and has since gained over twenty five years experience in Urological practice. He was the Head of the Urology Department at Adelaide’s largest teaching hospital, The Royal Adelaide for twenty years. With the University of Adelaide’s Department of Surgery, he manages a team of researchers offering trials of new drugs and techniques for many Urological conditions.

Dr Sutherland’s particular areas of interest are prostate cancer, laser treatment of prostatic obstruction, kidney disease and erectile dysfunction.

Robotic surgery

Dr Sutherland was instrumental in leading the first surgical team to introduce robotic radical prostatectomy into the Australian public health system. He has performed more than 1700 da Vinci procedures over an 11 year period making him one of the most experienced robotic surgeons in Australia.  He continues to complete more than 130 cases a year and through his association with the Royal Adelaide Hospital he provides a robotic service to both public and private patients.

2013 Robotic Surgery Function Data

Dr Sutherland collects robotic function data on all of the patients he operates on.  The surgical outcomes demonstrated from his 2013 data are among the highest currently recorded in Australia.

Sexual function after robotic surgery

100% of the men aged below 60, if they are normally sexually active and their cancer allows for full nerve spare, are able to produce erections strong enough for normal intercourse.

For men over 60 years of age, two thirds are able to achieve an erection sufficient for intercourse.

Continence following robotic surgery

100% of all men aged below 60 who had a full nerve sparing procedure had no need to wear pads 6 months following their operation. Of the men aged over 60, 90% had no need for pads 6 months post-operatively.