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New Studies: Robotic Prostate Surgery Safer

New York, NY, Oct. 3, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - In a major independent prostate cancer treatment study, minimally invasive prostate surgery proved significantly safer than open retropubic surgery. Both laparoscopic and robotic prostate removal surgery yielded fewer surgical complications and shorter hospital stays than their surgical predecessor.

Robotic Prostate CancerRobotic prostate surgery is the prevailing surgical treatment for prostate cancer in the United States. The procedure offers surgical enhancements in dexterity and visibility, but the steep learning curve requires a careful match of surgeon skill and robotic experience. David Samadi, MD, is Chairman of Urology, Chief of Robotic Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital and one of only a few surgeons whose prostate cancer expertise spans open, laparoscopic, and robotic surgery.

"I've been involved in every phase of prostate removal surgery, from open and laparoscopic to robotic prostatectomy," said Dr. Samadi. "Today's robotic surgery patients reap the benefits of a more precise procedure with significantly reduced risk of complication."

Minimally invasive prostate removal best bet

In comparing laparoscopic and robotic prostate surgery with open surgery, researchers found the newer techniques mean:
  • Fewer blood transfusions, down to 1.3 percent from 21 percent
  • Complication rates cut by more than half, 5 percent verses 9 percent
  • Shorter hospital stays by nearly a day and a half

Published in the July issue of the journal Urology, the comparative study looked at prostate cancer patient data from 2005 to 2010, including 30-day postop patient status. Of the cases reviewed, more than 4,000 men underwent laparoscopic or robotic prostate removal and close to 1,300 had their prostates removed with traditional surgery.

A separate study published this month in BJUI International, found robotic prostate surgery safer and more effective than laparoscopic surgery. Risk of major intra-operative harms during robotic surgery was under 0.5 percent, and the rate of surgical margins positive for cancer was 17.6 percent, 6 percent less than with laparoscopic surgery.

"The findings in each of these studies demonstrate how significant robotic surgery has revolutionized prostate cancer treatment," said Dr. Samadi.

Dr. Samadi's own Samadi Modified Advanced Robotic Technique (SMART) Surgery is based on decades of traditional and laparoscopic prostate removal experience. In addition to reducing surgical complications, SMART Surgery delivers superior postop quality of life; patients see faster results in both urinary control and sexual potency.

"Nearly all of my patients are in surgery for less than two hours. That's two-and-a-half hours less than the average robotic prostate removal surgery, greatly reducing the window of risk," Dr. Samadi added.

Dr. Samadi's robotic prostate surgery is available to men from around the world at the Lenox Hill Hospital Prostate Cancer Center in New York City.

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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.

A.B., New York

"Please know that your actions are saving lives and making the world a better place.  You are truly an inspiration to me, my family and many others."

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.

J. K., New York, USA

In March of 2006 I had robotic prostate surgery and was released from the hospital in 24 hours and had the catheter removed in 5 days. My PSA values have been below the detectable range for the entire year. At your hands it is the most painless and least invasive operation that a man can ever have.

Tony S., USA

This is not a paid endorsement, even though it’s going to sound like one. This is just a true account of my experiences with the amazing Dr. David B. Samadi and his incredible staff in the time leading up to and following my recent robotic prostate removal surgery.