Urological Specialists

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Robotic Surgery in Geelong

Robotic Surgery in Geelong has expanded further and is now being performed on Barwon Health patients. In his role of Director of Urological Surgery at Barwon Health Mr Grills has established a program where public hospital patients can now access robotic surgery technology through a partnership between Barwon Health and Geelong Private Hospital. This collaboration which began in March 2017 has successfully treated almost 30 patients in the last 8 months and has resulted in a significant reduction in the length of time that patients need to stay in hospital after prostate cancer surgery (radical prostatectomy), with most patients being discharged the day after the operation. The program also one of the very few Australian public hospital robotic programs (and the only one in a regional centre) where local urology trainees, under direct supervision are being trained in robotic surgery. Click on the link to view the video which describes in more detail Barwon Health the  program  https://vimeo.com/barwonhealth/roboticurologicalsurgery

Research project wins national award

A 2 year study led by Mr Grills looking at treatment of kidney stones was recognised as the most innovative research project at the Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand’s  Annual Scientific Meeting in Canberra earlier in the year. The project evaluated almost 500 consecutive cases of renal pyeloscopy (telescopic inspection of the kidney) performed at the 3 major hospitals in Geelong. The study focused on the durability of the instruments being used to inspect the inside of the kidney and remove stones. The research  demonstrated that the instruments are probably more durable than first thought and that the reusable (multi-use)  instruments may in fact be more cost effective than disposable (single use) instruments. Mr Grills received the Abbvie Platinum Trophy for this work which will be published in an international surgical journal in 2018.

Sacral Neuromodulation for urinary incontinence

This new technology has been recently introduced to Geelong by Dr McLeod. This specialised surgical procedure is a treatment for certain types of urinary incontinence and voiding difficulties. It is mainly used for detrusor overactivity and incomplete bladder emptying.Sacral nerve stimulation was developed in the early 1980s and was approved in Europe in 1994. It can improve your quality of life by eliminating or greatly reducing the symptoms for many people suffering from:

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West Coast Urology provides a full range of specialised adult urological services to the patients of Geelong, its surrounds and to the Western and South Western regions of Victoria.

Based in Geelong and with clinics in Colac, Warrnambool and Hamilton this service is headed by Mr. Richard Grills FRACS and Dr. Kathryn McLeod FRACS, who are both specialist Urological Surgeons. They are supported by an experienced professional team including specialist urology nurses, a physiotherapist, dietician and administrative staff.

This website aims to inform you on the range of services we offer, provides information on common urological conditions and contains links to further information if required. You will also find information about your appointment, your condition and treatment.

Our Expertise

West Coast Urology offers a full range of general urology services with particular expertise in;

  • minimally invasive stone surgery
  • urological oncology
  • robotic prostate cancer surgery
  • minimally invasive (robotic and laparoscopic) kidney surgery
  • urinary incontinence and complex female urology
  • surgical and nonsurgical management of prostate conditions
  • vasectomy



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