Surgeons perform 100th Cardio-thoracic procedure at the Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital
Jul 12, 2018
The Sunshine Coast’s only cardiac surgical unit celebrated its 100th Cardio-thoracic surgical case being successfully performed this week. Staff and doctors at the Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital in Birtinya performed bilateral valve replacement surgery for a female Sunshine Coast resident.
Dr Douglas Wall, one of four surgeons supporting the unit, performed the operation and afterwards commented, “My surgical colleagues and I are proud to have reached this landmark, which means Sunshine Coast patients can receive their care close to home rather than travelling to Brisbane.”
The hospital’s cardio-thoracic service began in late November 2017 having received regulatory approval and is part of the hospital’s strategy to expand the range of services available to private patients on the Sunshine Cast and Wide Bay region. The unit has performed a range of surgical procedures including mitral valve repairs, coronary artery bypass grafts, aortic valve repairs and thoracotomies.
Hospital CEO Oliver Steele paid tribute to the dedication of his hardworking staff to make this possible. “To have delivered such a high performing unit in a highly complex area of surgery is a testament to all of our staff and doctors involved in delivering this service. We look forward to caring for Sunshine Coast cardio-thoracic patients for many years to come.”