Surgical Robotics

The Robotic Surgery Revolution at St. Joe's

Eleven years ago, with the support of our generous community of donors, the Boris Family Centre for Robotic Surgery at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton embarked on a journey to explore the power and the promise of robotic surgery. Today, St. Joe’s is an international leader in this innovative field. We’re one of only a few Hospitals in the country with multiple robotic surgery platforms and our program is the first of its kind in Canada, where the surgical specialties of Urology, Thoracic (Chest and Lungs), Head and Neck, and Orthopaedics work together to advance the science of robotics.  

To stay on the forefront of this rapidly evolving field, we must continue to bring the very best technology to our Hospital; to push the boundaries of care by discovering and testing new procedures; and to invest in maintaining our leadership so that we can offer the residents of Hamilton the most advanced surgical care. Help us fund the future of care with a gift to support robotic surgery at St. Joe’s.

Our Robotic Surgery Milestones

To date, more than 4,400 patients have received robotic surgery at our Hospital, and the data from those procedures is informing 11 research studies looking at topics like 

  • Cost-effectiveness of robotic surgery over traditional open or laparoscopic surgery 
  • Fewer days spent in Hospital by patients following a robotic procedure 
  • Less blood loss and fewer post-operative complications following a robotic surgery 
  • Improvements in patient satisfaction scores and recovery timelines  

The growing demand for robotic assisted surgeries, paired with our national reputation for excellence, has created a need for us to fund a robotic surgery revolution at St. Joe’s.  

Help St. Joe's Help More Patients 

What does your donation help fund?

  • Gifts will help to bring an additional surgical robot to our fleet at St. Joe’s. 
  • With it, we’ll be able to double the amount of robotic procedures performed from 370 per year to 740 
  • You may have heard that OHIP has decided to fund some robotic procedures for kidney, prostate and uterine cancers, but 7 of the 10 robotic surgeries performed at our Hospital remain unfunded by OHIP.  
  • We need your help to continue to offer robotic surgery to patients living with cancers of the mouth, head, neck, chest, lung, bladder and more.  
  • Your gifts will also fund robotic procedures for hip and knee replacements. 
  • Donations will ensure we continue to invest in robotic surgery research so we can better lobby for funding and understand the real and potential benefits to our patients 
  • Finally, your gifts will help us to train the robotic surgeons and nurses of tomorrow 

Hear from our Robotic Surgery Team & Patients

Our Robotic surgery team and patients know the benefits of robotic surgery better than anyone. Watch their stories now to learn more about the incredible impact Robotic Surgery at St. Joe’s has had on our patients’ lives.

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