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Fox News Medical Contributor Explains Study of Side Effects from Prostate-Cancer Treatments
Date:2/5/2013

ate-removal surgery.

Today, experienced prostate surgeons like Dr. Samadi have improved access to the prostate. During robotic prostatectomy surgery, smaller incisions and the introduction of CO2 to expand the abdomen yield minimal blood loss. "The marked improvement in visibility means I no longer have to rely on tactile feedback. Clear lines of sight translate to more thorough prostate cancer removal and greater protection of surrounding nerves," explains Dr. Samadi, who credits these enhancements and his surgical experience to improved patient outcomes, particularly in sexual and urinary functions.

SMART surgery prostatectomy improving patient satisfaction

In an effort to support men with more timely data, Dr. Samadi and his team conducted a separate study with nearly 1,000 consecutive SMART surgery patients. Eight-eight percent of those who completed the questionnaire reported satisfaction with their treatment decision. The results were published in December 2012 in The Journal of Urology, http://www.jurology.com/article/S0022-5347(12)04453-9/abstract. "The majority of men who chose SMART surgery are happy with their quality of life less than a year after surgery, specifically related to sexual enjoyment and urinary control," said Dr. Samadi.

Dr. Samadi encourages men to take the reigns on their prostate cancer treatment, particularly when diagnosed early, by partnering with an expert in their chosen treatment method. "Medicine has become very complicated. Men need to choose a prostate cancer partner whose expertise aligns with their preferred treatment. In the case of surgery, volume and surgical outcomes must be considered," stressed Dr. Samadi, who has performed more than 4,000 successful prostatectomy procedures.

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