Bundy surgeon to visit local GPs
A FORMER Bundaberg boy who is now a leading prostate cancer surgeon will return home this month to tell local GPs about his work.
Dr Troy Gianduzzo, whose parents still live in Bundaberg, uses a Da Vinci S robotic surgery system to remove prostate cancer from patients at the Wesley Hospital in Brisbane.
A former North Bundaberg Primary School and Bundaberg North High School student, Dr Gianduzzo said he had fond memories of Bundaberg and still visited his parents in the city.
“My parents used to own the tropical winery over north on the way out of town, and that's where I grew up,” he said.
“I used to kick the ball around at the Eagles soccer club and I did karate at the club at Salter Oval.”
Dr Gianduzzo said he only left Bundaberg in 1990 to go to university in Brisbane.
Dr Gianduzzo said after training in Brisbane he went overseas in 2003 for more training in England and the US, where he worked with some of the world's leading laparoscopic surgeons.
He said laparoscopic, or keyhole, surgery was less invasive than open surgery and allowed for a faster recovery time.
“To work (the robotic system) you sit down at a console separate from the patient.
“You put your fingers in two small rings and operate the controls that way. The slaved part of the system has all the surgical instruments.”
On Monday, November 15, Dr Gianduzzo will hold an information night for Bundaberg GPs to update them on the latest advances in robotic prostate cancer surgery.