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Prostate Cancer & Robotics: Test-driving the da Vinci

Prostate Cancer & Robotics: Test-driving the da Vinci

Thursday, October 17, 2019

SARASOTA, Fla. (Oct. 17, 2019) – More than 65 community members and physicians attended Sarasota Memorial’s interactive presentation in Venice this week to learn more about robotic surgery and prostate cancer. “Risk Factors & Robotics” was hosted by Robert Carey, MD, an SMH urologic surgeon and pioneer for radical robotic prostatectomy. 

“I’ve performed more than 4,000 surgeries using the da Vinci surgical system at Sarasota Memorial,” Carey said during the event. “Many patients are skeptical when they hear that a robot will be assisting with their surgery. Today, they have the opportunity to experience the extraordinary capabilities of this machine – da Vinci is one of the most reliable surgical robots to exist in 2019.” 

da Vinci Surgical RobotEvent attendees were invited to sit in the surgeon’s chair and test their skills. The da Vinci is unique in its ability to provide doctors with 3-dimensional views and flexibility with surgical tools while making only pencil eraser-sized incisions, much small than those of traditional surgeries. These advantages allow patients to enjoy faster recovery and better treatment outcomes. According to the American Cancer Society, nearly 100% of localized and regional prostate cancer cases now have a five-year survival rate. 

“The important thing for patients to remember is that this is not just new technology we’re playing around with in the operating room,” said Carey. “Our surgical teams are trained extensively on each robot brought into our hospital. Robots are not replacing surgeons. They’re simply assisting the surgeons, making sure each surgery earns the best possible outcome.”

For prostate health resources and physician referrals, please call SMH’s HealthLine at 941-917-7777. 

About Sarasota Memorial
Sarasota Memorial Health Care System is a regional referral center offering Southwest Florida’s greatest breadth and depth of care, with more than 900,000 patient visits each year. Its flagship hospital in Sarasota, Fla., has been consistently recognized as one of the nation’s best, with superior patient outcomes. The system offers a complete continuum of care – from trauma, emergency and urgent care, to laboratory, diagnostic imaging, rehabilitation and skilled nursing. SMH was recognized among the nation’s 100 top hospitals by IBM Watson Health in 2019 and remains the only hospital in Florida to have consistently earned the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ highest five-star quality rating since the evaluation system launched in 2016.


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