Dr. David Samadi takes the worry out of robotic prostate surgery
Jul. 12, 2012
Does prostate cancer surgery lead to bladder surgery as suggested by a newly released Canadian study? Not today, says Dr. David Samadi, one of our nation's top prostate cancer surgeons. Robotic prostate surgery is the minimally invasive removal of a cancerous prostate. Innovation and refinement of technique, such as Dr. Samadi's SMART (Samadi Modified Advanced Robotic Technique) surgery, has dramatically improved surgical outcomes over the last decade.
The 1993-2006 data involving 25,000 Ontario, Canada patients suggests as many as 1 in 20 men who underwent prostate removal surgery needed follow-up bladder surgery to correct issues with urinary incontinence. The risk of urinary issues was compounded by age (men over 65) and the use of radiation for prostate cancer before or after surgery.
Dr. Samadi credits the researchers in this initiative, but assures patients that there is no cause for alarm. "Medical data takes a great deal of time to cull and analyze and by the time research findings hit the news they're often based on antiquated methodology. Timeframe and medical advancements are critical considerations," he says.
"These results are based on prostate surgeries performed before robotic technology was implemented or optimized," stressed Dr. Samadi.
As a widely respected prostate cancer expert, Dr. Samadi has been a hands-on part of the prostate surgery evolution worldwide. He is one of few prostate surgeons whose depth of training and experience includes traditional surgery, laparoscopic surgery, and robotic surgery. "I know without a shadow of a doubt that we are better today," he assures. "My SMART surgery yields exceptional results, including urinary continence and sexual function. Previous prostate surgery methods were effective, but today we're able to deliver better cure rates with drastically improved quality of life outcomes."
Dr. Samadi is quick to stress that robotics are not the be-all, end-all solution to prostate cancer and reminds patients that surgeon experience determines outcomes as well.
Surgeon selection should be based on volume of experience, surgical technique, and the backing of a well-established center of excellence. Likewise, treatment choice involves a careful exploration of potential outcomes and side effects as they relate to individual diagnosis.
Each day Dr. Samadi adds to the more than 4,000 successful robotic prostatectomy procedures he performed at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. Patients from around the world are welcomed into his care and a free online consultation with Dr. Samadi is available to prostate cancer patients and their families at www.smart-surgery.com.