Prostate Cancer: The Department of Urology at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City presents a live robotic assisted prostate removal surgery at 2 pm ET (18:00 UTC) using the da Vinci® Surgical System.
The Department of Urology at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City has continued in its role as a pioneer in using groundbreaking technology to provide superior outcomes for its patients. In 2001, the prostate cancer team within the Beth Israel urology department performed the first laparoscopic radical prostatectomy in Manhattan using minimally invasive robotic surgery with the da Vinci® Surgical System.
How it Works
The da Vinci® Surgical System, by Intuitive Surgical, Inc., is state-of-the-art technology and consists of two primary components: the surgeon's viewing and control console and the robotic surgical arm units that position and maneuver detachable and interchangeable surgical instruments and a fiber-optic camera. Instead of the surgeon holding the pencil-sized instruments, the robot's computer-enhanced mechanical wrists do—bending back and forth, side to side, and rotating in a full circle—thereby providing greater range of motion than humanly possible—all through tiny incisions of less than one centimeter. The magnified, high-definition, three-dimensional color view the surgeon experiences enables him to perform extremely precise surgical maneuvers in small areas with little trauma to surrounding tissue.
Beth Israel's Caner Dinlenc, MD, Physician-In-Charge of Endourology is an expert in using the da Vinci® system and has performed several hundred cases to date. "The use of this system has become more widespread over the past several years and we are excited to be using this state-of-the-art technology at Beth Israel for radical prostate removal surgery," says Dr. Dinlenc. "Instead of weeks, recovery time can be reduced to days. It is feasible for patients who have received radical prostatectomies to be back at work within two weeks following the procedure."
For most patients facing prostate cancer surgery, Robotic Laparoscopic Prostatectomy offers numerous potential benefits over traditional (open) prostatectomy, including:
With the laparoscopic procedure, a temporary catheter remains in place for considerably less time (five to seven days instead of two weeks), and there is less risk of urinary incontinence and impotence following the laparoscopic prostate procedure due to the exceptional precision of the operation compared to open surgery. The da Vinci® System cannot be programmed or make decisions on its own, and requires that every surgical maneuver be performed with direct input from the surgeon. It has been successfully used in thousands of prostate cancer procedures worldwide.
Beth Israel Medical Center Department of Urology (212) 844-6030.
Caner Dinlenc, MD