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Your Health: Robotic Tool Offers High-Tech Help for Prostate Surgery

In this week's Your Health with Washington Regional, Doctor Adam Childs tells us about a new tool doctors are using for prostate surgery.
In this week's Your Health with Washington Regional, Doctor Adam Childs tells us about a new tool doctors are using for prostate surgery. Here is an inside look at our interview with him:

"This is an Intuitive Davinci Robot System. This is the instrument that we use to perform prostate surgery for prostate cancer in men. This technology allows us to have great visualization with magnification of about ten times normal vision. It decreases blood loss by being able to do this surgery laparoscopically. It really improves visualization and our ability to do the surgery with very very precise dissection and cutting of tissue compared to what we used to do with traditional open surgery. It's very clear the patients have less pain. They're in the hospital usually less than 24 hours after prostate cancer surgery compared to two to three days before with open surgery. Open surgery patients used to have an incision from their belly button to their pubic bone. Now they end up with five to six very small incisions. So there's certainly less pain and you get back to regular activities much sooner. They go home much sooner. And clearly, I think we're seeing less post-surgical complications with robotic surgery when you have an experienced surgeon and an experienced center compared to general post-operative complications you would have with open surgery. All of those reasons are why this technology has become the gold standard over the last ten years, essentially. It's really proven itself to be superior and surgeons who used to be doing this just open have rapidly adopted this technology and they've quickly seen the benefits for it.

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