Chapter 4: Historical Discussion of Prostatectomy Procedures – Open, Laparoscopic and Robotic Prostatectomy

Dr. David B. Samadi, Chief of Division of Robotics and Minimal Invasive Surgery for Mount Sinai School of Medicine, discusses the three main ways to remove the prostate: traditional radical prostatectomy (open surgery), laparoscopic prostatectomy, and robotic prostatectomy. He also discusses the hybrid use of these surgeries: open surgeons use laparoscopic surgery, some open surgeons use robotic surgery, and some laparoscopic surgeons use robotic surgery. Dr. Samadi discusses the order of steps needed for success in training: open surgery, laparoscopy and robotic surgery. Robotic surgeons need a foundation in oncology, open surgery and laparoscopic training.

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