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The Benefits of Robotic Prostate Cancer Surgery - Explained by Dr. Samadi

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Dr. David Samadi, a leading prostate cancer specialist and robotic surgeon, discusses the benefits of robotic prostatectomy surgery on Fox 5 News.  Robotic surgery is becoming more common as a treatment method for prostate cancer due to the benefits it potentially has over traditional open and laparoscopic surgical methods.  These advantages include less blood loss during surgery with no need for a blood transfusion, smaller incisions that heal quickly lowering the risk of infection, high rates of the return of sexual potency after surgery, and very high rates for regaining continence after surgery.

Dr. Samadi is quick to point out that these benefits are highly dependent upon the skill and experience of the surgeon behind the robot.  He feels that this is the reason why some studies show that robotic surgery benefits may not be as pronounced as many believe and expect.  Inexperienced surgeons will not be able to make full use of the robot's capabilities, and in some cases, the end result may not be up to the standards of well-practiced traditional surgeries as a result.  This, however, is not indicative of what experienced surgeons have shown robotic surgery to be capable of.

Dr. Samadi highly suggests that patients do their research when picking a surgeon who performs the operation with the robot.  He says that patients should look towards centers of excellence that have a high volume and high rate of success with robotic prostatectomy surgery in order to find an experienced surgeon.  Dr. Samadi also allays any fears regarding the robotic surgery process by pointing out that the robot does not do any part of the surgery on its own.  It is controlled at all times by the doctor behind the console.

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* The benefits of robotic surgery cannot be guaranteed as surgery is both patient and procedure specific. Previous surgical results do not guarantee future outcomes.

Ziotis, Greece

<< Έχεις καρκίνο στον προστάτη>> ,μου είπε  ο  γιατρός στο τηλέφωνο. Έχασα τον κόσμο γύρω μου.  Στεναχώρια μεγάλη. Αλλά το πείσμα μου και η υποστήριξη της οικογένειάς μου με έκαναν να γίνω καλά και να κερδίσω τον καρκίνο.

J. N. Fauta, MA, USA

My wife and I did extensive research and the name of Dr. David Samadi kept coming up as pioneer and leader in the field of robotic surgery. Dr. Samadi was everything that I had read and more, he was personable, compassionate and above all extremely professional.

Guy, G

I learned in November 2012 following a high blood PSA value and prostate biopsy, that I had prostate cancer. It has a Gleason 7+ value, which placed it in a the problem category needing a rapid care...

Mark C.

Research indicated that Dr. Samadi was the best surgeon with a great number of surgeries performed.