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Robotic Surgery: Clever Marketing or Life-Saving Technology
Date:8/13/2011

ufacturers, without disclosing the potential risks of robotic surgery. "Surgical procedures do present some risk," reminds Dr. Samadi. "It's important for patients to thoroughly research the procedure, the surgeon and the hospital before making any decisions. There's so much information out there that it can be difficult to sift through it all. You must choose a surgeon you feel comfortable with."

Robotic surgery is also disparaged for its expense. Last month The Medical College of Wisconsin published information showing that in-state hospitals with newly obtained robotic equipment saw their number of prostatectomy procedures double over a three-month period, while the incidence remained the same in those without the technology. Some believe that surgeons and hospitals offering robotic procedures must work to "make-up" the expense of the equipment; that the hospitals may be pressuring them to cover procurement and maintenance costs. There are, however, numerous publications documenting the cost-saving benefits of robotic surgery. For many patients, robotic surgery reduces hospital stay, blood loss and post-operative complications, all of which can help a patient return to their normal schedules more quickly.

Dr. Samadi, who has been performing robotic prostatectomy procedures for ten years, is sensitive to the concerns about the technology. "The equipment is costly, but in the hands of the right surgeon it can save lives." Historically, procedures like prostate gland removal were done through invasive, open abdominal surgery. Blood loss was significant and visibility was hindered. "Now, using robotic surgery, I can remove the prostate and all evidence of cancer with enhanced visibility and greater precision." Dr. Samadi also reminds patients that technology alone is not the key to success. Choosing a surgeon with a solid foundation in open and laparoscopic surgery, as well as extensive robotic surgery experience, is a must.

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