Sunday, March 4, 2007

Robotic Surgery Blog: Robotic reliability

Robotic Surgery Blog: Robotic reliability: "This is a special thank you to Dr. Savatta . Last summer my in law was living in Greece and was informed that he had prostate cancer. He decided to come to the US and get other opinions , we saw a few doctors and they all recommended no surgery due to his age , however he wanted the cancer out of him . That's when i did a little research and we went to see Doctor Savatta . I must say we were very happy with the Doctor's knowledge and personality .
A good person that understands the patient's feelings and the families concerns .The Surgery was performed last july and today 7 months later no problems at all , all bloodwork comes back OK and most of all absolutely no leakage .
A special thanks to Doctor Savatta and and staff
Keep up the Good Work!!"

This was a comment left from the relative of a patient of mine on the Robotic Surgery Blog.

I remember the original consultation and went over the treatment options. Age alone should not be an exclusion for surgery. With robotic surgery, I have been able to operate for prostate cancer up to age 80 and for BPH up to age 88. I have not had a higher complication rate for these conditions in my older patients.

Usually the cure rate for surgery over radition is lessened or eliminated in older patients, but the quality of life from a urinary standpoint is often improved in the long run compared to radiation. It helps to have the prostate out from a BPH and bladder outlet standpoint.

There is difference in opinion in whether or not robotic surgery (or any surgery) should be offered in elderly patients, but I think it can be done safely and can be done if the patient chooses it after a proper counselling session and radiation oncology opinion.

I blogged on this awhile back on the robotic surgery blog and cited a study out of the Mayo clinic.

1 comment:

Dr Mani Menon said...

This is currently our preffered procedure for removal of the prostate.A team of surgeons led by Mani Menon,M.D,performs the operation.We have performed over 4000 such operations over a 7-year period,the word's largest experience.The unique procedure combine the oncological principles of “open “ radical prostatectomy with the minimum invasiveness of laparascopic surgery,Established by Dr. Menon.