In 2012, a multi-million-dollar gift from the Boris family enabled St. Joe’s to acquire the da Vinci Si – the most advanced surgical robot in the world, establishing the Boris Family Centre for Robotic Surgery. This centre is dedicated to bringing robotic surgery research, clinical care and education together for maximum impact. Since then, St. Joe’s has quickly emerged as a national leader in robotic surgery.
Over the past 10 years, our generous community has helped St. Joe’s to become an international leader in robotic surgery and the only Hospital in Canada with two robotic surgery platforms: the da Vinci (Si and Xi models) and the MAKO RIO. This technology, in the hands of our skilled cancer and orthopaedic surgeons, is helping patients requiring full and partial joint replacements to go home within days of their procedure with less pain and greater mobility. It’s helping patients with cancers of the lung, kidney, bladder, prostate, head and neck to heal faster – and return home sooner – as a result of precise incisions that reduce scarring and cause less trauma to the body.
But until robotic surgery is funded by the province, our Foundation will continue to raise funds to cover the costs of the specialized robotic instruments that are needed for every surgery and to invest in robotic surgery research. With 3,000 robotic procedures completed to date at St. Joe’s, we’re gathering the data that irrefutably demonstrates robotic surgery provides better outcomes for patients and cost-savings for our healthcare system, too. Help us fund the future of care with a gift to support robotic surgery research and care.