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Experienced Surgeon Vs. FDA-Approved Robot

David Samadi, MD, robotic prostate surgeon, talks with Fox 5 News about new FDA scrutiny of the da Vinci robot surgical system 

New York, NY – With more than 4,500 robotic prostate surgeries under his belt, David Samadi, MD may be the last person you’d expect to welcome an FDA investigation of robotic surgery. But late Tuesday he appeared on Fox 5 News saying, “Let the FDA do their investigation and clear the air. This is about our patients.”

Dr. David Samadi is Vice Chairman of the Department of Urology and Chief of Robotics and Minimally Invasive Surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center. He was among the first in the world to perform robotic prostate surgery and today he uses the da Vinici robot in his highly successful SMART (Samadi Modified Advanced Robotic Technique) version of the procedure.

Dr. Samadi offers these key questions for patients to ask their prospective surgeon:

  1. How many successful robotic surgeries have you performed?
  2. Will I be your only patient/operating room during my procedure?
  3. What are the typical complications following your robotic surgeries?

Over the past few years, hospitals have invested big money in procuring and promoting surgical robots, but enthusiasm for the technology may be waning amid reports of robotic surgery mistakes and deaths. In 2012, the nationwide count for robotic surgeries hit almost 400,000. Some experts say more robotic procedures are bound to result in increased data on negative surgical outcomes. But is it really a matter of odds or just an excuse for surgeon inexperience and limited training requirements?

Dr. Samadi stands by the robot, instead directing patient focus to the surgeon and the hospital. Stressing the surgeon-robot duo he says, “The technology is safe; you have to know how to use it.”

Dr. Samadi believes the robot may be little more than a scapegoat for robotic surgery complications that might otherwise be prevented with more stringent hospital credentialing of robotic surgeons. A 2010 study, published in The New England Journal of Medicine, suggested surgeons need to perform only 150 robotic procedures to become adept, http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp1006602

While it may be easier to take aim at technology, surgery is still surgery and, “The robot doesn’t do the surgery by itself,” Dr. Samadi states.

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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.




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Yossi, Israel

I chose to undergo the operation with a specialist in the U.S., who has an extensive experience in robotic surgeries: Dr. David Smadi. The surgery was relatively simple: i didn't suffer any pain, lost a small amount of blood and had the catheter only for seven days. I got back to full functioning very soon afterwards.

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Jeannette B., Netherlands

Mijn man werd op 17-09-2008 geopereerd met een Da Vinci door dr.Samadi. (PSA 31.8, gleason score 9) Eerst hebben we geprobeerd dit plaats te laten vinden in Europa,maar daar werd geen operatie gedaan met een kapseldoorbraak.

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Anastasios P, Greece

Αφού διαγνώστηκα με καρκίνο του προστάτη στην Αθήνα όπως ηταν αναμενόμενο ανησύχησα πολύ.  Αφού ρώτησα τριγύρω άκουσα πως ο Δρ. Σαμάντι θα ήταν η καλύτερη επιλογή.  Πολύ φίλοι τον συνέστησαν και η εμειρία τους ήταν άριστη.

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משה א., כפר סבא ישראל

ברצוני להודות לך מקרב לב על הטיפול המסור, האישי והמקצועי שהענקת לי מהרגע הראשון לקשר בינינו ועד עתה. הגעתי יחד עם רעייתי אסנת לניו יורק ימים ספורים לפני ביצוע הניתוח הרובוטי לכריתת הערמונית, שהתקיים ב- 4.5.2011.

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