Penn Medicine Surgeons Available to Discuss the Robotic Surgery Dr. Drew Chose to Treat His Prostate Cancer
Source Newsroom: Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
If you’re covering Dr. Drew’s announcement that he underwent robotic surgery to remove his prostate after he learned he had cancer, Penn Medicine’s urologists, including David I. Lee, MD, chief of the division of Urology at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, who has performed more than 3,700 robotic prostatectomies, and Thomas J. Guzzo MD, MPH, who performs this procedure and many other robotic surgery techniques for urinary problems at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, are on call to discuss this popular procedure.
Penn Medicine surgeons are among the world’s most experienced at these operations.
New robotic surgical techniques are on the horizon. Penn Urology, for instance, recently completed a pilot study incorporating haptic technology to robotic minimally invasive surgery. Current robotic technology provides no audio or vibration feedback to the surgeon when touching rougher surfaces or specific body parts, which may impact efforts to spare nerves during these procedures. The new haptic feature – similar to that which is used on smart phone key boards -- assists in training residents, improves surgeon awareness when operating, and gives feedback even when robotic arms are off camera.
Doctors are available to discuss:
• This technique and how it compares to other prostate cancer treatment options
• What men should ask when seeking a surgeon for this procedure
• What the procedure entails and what to expect during recovery