Men Pick Robotic Surgery For Prostate Cancer Despite Risks

  Pretty much every medical organization has told men to back off on screening for prostate cancer, because it can lead to unneeded treatment, including surgery that can leave a man incontinent and impotent. But it's hard to resist a robot. Men who have been diagnosed with low-grade prostate cancer increasingly choose expensive newer treatments including robotic surgery and a...Read More

Is Robotic Surgery Right for You?

  In 2010, Paul Elliott, then 55, a high school teacher at a public school in Gonzales, California, checked into a hospital to have his prostate removed. When he awoke, he had no feeling in his shoulders and arms. During the eight-hour operation, his body had been suspended in a steep head-down position to accommodate the positioning of the robot used to...Read More

Robotic prostate surgery comes with trade-off

  A new study suggests less-invasive keyhole surgery for prostate cancer may mean a higher risk for lasting incontinence and impotence when compared with traditional surgery. The results add to confusion around prostate cancer treatments, which sometimes lead to urinary and sexual problems. It's not clear that either kind of surgery is superior to radiation alone or watchful waiting, which...Read More

Surgical robot da Vinci scrutinized by FDA after deaths

  The biggest thing in operating rooms these days is a million-dollar, multi-armed robot named da Vinci, used in nearly 400,000 surgeries nationwide last year — triple the number just four years earlier. But now the high-tech helper is under scrutiny over reports of problems, including several deaths that may be linked with it and the high cost of using...Read More

Training on the da Vinci robot is far from adequate

  For the most part, this is the general training for doctors on using this robot. General training. There is no consistent standardized training or any type of credentialing for using the robot.  The American Urological Association has made recommendations for training and credentialing procedures consisting of specific online curriculum, testing, case load requirements, and also recommendations that all physicians...Read More