Robotic prostate surgery is revolutionizing the way prostate cancer is being treated, according to Dr. David Samadi, chairman of Urology and chief of Robotic Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital.
"It is the removal of the entire prostate using minimally invasive or remote-controlled surgery — not the traditional surgery," Samadi told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
With traditional surgery, a surgeon needs to use his hands for "tactile feedback and touch," a procedure that can cause a lot of bleeding.
You couldn't see the anatomy, and as a result the incontinence, or urinary control, or sexual function, which is a big part of the quality of life, wasn't so good," he explained.
"Now we're using this fancy robot. You have a camera and can see those sensitive nerves. You can make sure that the patient is cured of cancer without having any complications.
"There's no transfusion, pain is under control, and if you look at what we've developed at Lenox Hill Prostate Center, patients are coming in on the day of surgery and I perform the entire surgery."
Samadi said that is different from many other medical facilities where a surgeon goes from room to room to preform parts of the procedure.
"[That] never made any sense to me. I perform your entire case from the beginning to the end, surgery is about an hour [and] there's no blood loss," he said.
"[We have a] 95 percent cure rate as a result of this, 97 percent chance of urinary control, 85 percent of sexual function, and it has revolutionized the way we practice."
Samadi emphasized the importance of men getting regular prostate tests.
"Prostate cancer is also known as the silent killer," he said.
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