New York, Thursday, August 31, 2006 – Nicknamed “the Robodoc,” Dr. David Samadi can perform prostate surgery while sitting 10 feet away from his patients. As September is Prostate Cancer Awareness month, the doctor fills us in on how he performs the surgery with robots. Slicing’
So…surgery with a robot?
It’s a remote control surgery but the whole operation is done by myself with the assistance of the robot. With the use of the robot, we are doing a much more precise operation. These are three things that are the most important for the patient after the surgery. One is to be cancer-free, another is continence or having the control of their urination and another is to be able to have sexual function. Ninety percent of the patients are getting sexual function back within one-year, 85 percent are continent within three-months; and more than 95 percent are cancer-free.
What else can it do once it’s developed more?
The question is whether this surgery can be done from hospital to hospital, from country to country. That could be the future of the surgery. Hopefully, we’ll be able to do this surgery from New York to Milan or some other country.
What happens during surgery?
We have a three-dimensional view, which helps us to see things better. There’s no blood in the field when I do the surgery. You can see the nerves. You can really do a precise operation. Ninety-nine percent of my patients go home within 24-hours.
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
I was born in Iran. I’m a Persian Jew. When I left at the age of 16-I’ve lived in this country for more than 23 years now-I wanted to be a doctor. I grew up watching my dad take us from hospital to hospital because he was in the health care field and I saw these doctors with green or blue pajamas running around and I guess that just stayed in my mind for a long time.In the news