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December 15, 2009 18:20 ET

Dr. David Samadi, MD Demonstrates a Robotic Surgery on Fox News' Ask Dr. Manny Show

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - December 15, 2009) - Dr. David B. Samadi, a world renowned robotic surgery expert and Chief of Robotics and Minimally Invasive Surgery at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, appeared on the Ask Dr. Manny show to demonstrate the effectiveness of robotic prostatectomy with the use of the da Vinci robot. In his show segment, "Amazing Surgeries," Dr. Alvarez, also the managing editor of health news at, touted Dr. Samadi as "the king of robotic surgery." "R2D2 meets modern medicine," said Dr. Manny Alvarez when he gave viewers of his November 16th show a true "inside" look at robotic surgery with Samadi at the controls.

Core News Facts:

-- Dr. Samadi began working with robots in 2001

-- He performs multiple prostate cancer surgeries in one day with his highly skilled surgical team at Mount Sinai

-- He has performed over 2,100 successful robotic prostatectomies in his practice

-- Dr. Samadi views robotics as an exciting "new era of surgery"

-- He believes that 90 percent of treatment outcomes depend on the experience of the surgeon

-- Samadi is a multi-disciplined surgeon who is also trained in laparoscopic and open prostate surgery

-- In the surgery, the abdomen is distended to give the surgeon more space to work with

-- The robotic arms are attached to laparoscopic trocars, which are then inserted into the patient's abdomen

-- The surgeon at a nearby console communicates with the robotic arms controlling the instruments inside the patient

-- The surgeon's movement is translated to the robotic arms, which filter out any manual tremors in the instruments.

-- Robotic prostatectomy is an accurate and bloodless removal of the prostate gland and surrounding lymph nodes, if needed

-- Surgeries typically take about 90 minutes and the patient's time in recovery is usually about two hours

-- Patients are usually discharged the same day and can resume normal activities within 10 days

-- Blood loss is only about 50cc, compared to blood loss with open surgery, which is about 500-1000 cc

-- Ideal candidates for robotic surgery are those with early stage, organ-confined cancer. The primary goal is cancer cure in addition to preserving urinary control and sexual function

-- Dr. Samadi encourages patients to research surgeons and the volume of cases they have performed and get second opinions

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