SMART Robotic Prostate Removal Surgery Comes to Israel – Dr. David Samadi at Fox News

Dr. David Samadi of the Fox News Medical "A-Team" has performed Israel's first ever "SMART Surgery" robotic prostate removal surgery at Rambam Hospital in Haifa, with three surgeries performed in total over the past three days.

Robotic prostate removal has several advantages over traditional prostate removal surgery including less blood loss, a shorter hospital stay, and a better post-operative quality of life regarding urinary control and sexual function.

Dr. Samadi says that the learning curve for robotic prostate surgery is steep, and that he's excited to have the opportunity to share his knowledge and to learn from the Israeli team in order to better serve patients.

Over the next few days Dr. Samadi will be performing live surgeries in Tel-Aviv and demonstrating his high-tech technique called SMART surgery to other doctors. SMART surgery aims to preserve the nerves around the prostate relating to sexual function. The surgeries are performed in an hour and a half and will be telecast to doctors in Israel.

Dr. Samadi believes that the future of robotic surgery lies in teleconferencing and telementoring to share techniques and experience between doctors around the world. He says that the concept of telesurgery where operations can be performed on patients over long distances could one day be a reality.

Dr. Samadi has been collaborating closely with Dr. Jack Baniel of Rabin Medical Center and Dr. Jacob Ramon of Tel Hashomer Hospital to mentor fellow colleagues in Israel on his SMART Surgery Technique.

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Dr. David Samadi is the Chairman of Urology & Robotics Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital. He's also a Fox News Medical-A-Team Contributor.

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da Vinci Robot: Prostate Surgery, Kidney Surgery, and More

The da Vinci Robotic Surgical System puts state-of-the-art tools in surgeon's hands.

"The advantages of the da Vinci are that one, it's minimally invasive, you only make small holes in the abdomen. Two you don't really lose very much blood. And three we're able to see much better so we're able to handle the tissues a lot more delicately," says Urologist Dr. Paul Bretton.

Lee Memorial Health System offers the da Vinci system for a variety of surgical specialties.

Dr. Bretton uses it for prostate cancer. The da Vinci allows him to perform complex surgery through holes about the size of a finger. Thin robotic arms perform the operation under the doctor's control.

"I would say 90% of the prostate procedures that were doing, we're doing now robotically," Dr. Bretton says.

The most noticeable difference with robotic surgery is that surgeon is no longer standing over the patient. Instead they're a few feet away manning a computer console.

The more surgeons work with da Vinci the more uses they're finding for it. It's now being used in kidney operations and soon for kidney cancer.

"t was a natural progression to begin doing kidney surgery," says Dr. Omar Benitez. "Starting with the pyeloplasty was the first step in the development of skills required to take care kidney cancer which is the next step."

The da VInci's precision instruments mimic a surgeon's wrist movements, which is crucial in removing tumors in the kidney.

"We will actually clamp the hilum to prevent any bleeding and then you can remove the tumor and be able to sew it back together," Dr. Benitez says.

Armed with cutting edge technology, surgeons can offer their patients less invasive options. Putting them back on their feet in less time with less complications.

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Robotic Prostatectomy | Prostate Cancer | Oncologist | Manipal Hospitals

This video is an informative animated presentation that explains in detail about robotic prostatectomy. If you have prostate cancer that has not spread beyond your prostate, your doctor may recommend robotic radical prostatectomy to remove your prostate gland. Prostate cancer is an abnormal growth of cells lining the tubular gland tissue inside your prostate. Your surgeon will make a small incision near your belly button and insert a plastic tube called a port. Carbon dioxide gas will be pumped into your abdomen through this port. The gas will inflate your abdomen giving your surgeon more room to see and move the surgical tools. After your abdomen is inflated a high-definition camera will be inserted into the port. Your surgeon will make additional port incisions for robotic instruments as well as for instruments used by patient side assistance. An assistant will insert all of the robotic tools through these ports. Unlike standard laparoscopic instruments, these tools can rotate 360 degrees and have more flexibility than a human wrist. Seated at a special console, your surgeon will operate the robotic arms and the camera with joystick like controls and foot pedals. Watch the video to know more in detail about robotic prostatectomy.

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