August 30, 2007 — David B. Samadi, MD, chief of the division of robotics and minimally invasive surgery in the Department of Urology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, performed a record five robotic prostatectomies Aug. 27 using just one robot.
“The da Vinci Surgical System is a remarkable tool,” said Dr. Samadi. “This is the ultimate form of minimally-invasive surgery, therefore, the procedure is not as time-intensive as traditional open surgery. Patients recover faster, and the technology also gives surgeons more time to help more patients. It’s a win-win.”
Dr. Samadi is unique in that he is one of very few urologic oncologic surgeons in the U.S. trained in all three primary areas of surgery — open, laparoscopic, and robotic.
“With this training, it is like having three surgeons in one head,” said Dr Samadi. “The use of the robot allows for surgery with minimal blood loss and a much quicker recovery time. Patients are usually home within 24 hours of having surgery.”
Dr. Samadi has performed more than 1,000 robotic laparoscopic procedures during his career, and nearly 200 since joining Mount Sinai in May. Dr Samadi frequently lectures and trains other urologists on the use of the da Vinci robotic surgical system, a revolutionary technology that magnifies the surgical field significantly and gives surgeons greater visualization, dexterity, and precision during surgery.
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