Dr. Samadi is also scheduled to perform another live surgery at the Chaim Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer, in Tel Aviv, on Christmas Day. It will be televised live on Fox News at 10:45 am EST on Saturday, December 25th.
Dr. Samadi, who has performed over 3,000 successful prostatectomies in his practice, one of only ten doctors in the world to achieve this volume, strongly believes that experience is the key to success. "The problem with robotic surgery is that many surgeons are not experienced enough," said Dr. Samadi in Yedioth Ahronoth. "Israel's technology when it comes to urology is definitely top quality, however, there are only a couple of robots in the country, and the doctors using it are only in the initial stages of the learning curve." Samadi feels that 500 surgeries is an adequate volume to declare proficiency. "After all, the surgeon, and not the technology, nor the robot, performs the surgery," he said.
Understandably, Dr. Samadi is a big fan of robotic prostate surgery and refutes any claims that the procedure can cause impotence or incontinence. "In my practice, 97% of my patients regain urinary control, and 85% regain sexual function. The robot helps me perform better in surgery with superior visual accuracy and bloodless field. With open surgery, you work blindly in a blood-filled pool and end up experiencing complications. With robotic surgery, it is more precise than open surgery, and nobody returns with complications," he said.
Additionally, robotic surgery takes only an hour and a half, with an average blood loss of about 50-100 CC. The hospital stay is usually only one night and recovery is much faster, with less pain. But the biggest advantage, says Samadi? "The prostate is removed and the cancer is gone and I know exactly how much cancer there was, what kind, what stage, what risk, unlike with other treatmen
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