MY Day Dr. David Samadi


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.

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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.

R. H., New York, USA

"I am now a witness to the potential for change that digital technology can make in the medical industry in the hands of artists like Dr. Samadi.  The potential is Amazing!"

The Wife, USA

The next day we went to see Dr. Samadi. In walked a tall surgeon, with a great grip when he shook hands.  He proceeded to show us what the male body looked like around the prostate, and all of the work that had to be done to make sure that Ken would come out with a fully functional body, minus his prostate.

Holy and Rick, USA

My Husband Rick was diagnosed with prostate cancer right before Christmas 2010. He was diagnosed at the same age that his father was but his father lost his battle with cancer at age 56. I was not ready to be a widow nor my children fatherless so I needed to find the best doctor on the face of this earth.

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.