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ROBOT SURGERYMORE ADVANCES ARE BEING MADE ON THE USE OF ROBOTS TO REMOVE A MAN’S PROSTATE, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Use of a type of robot called a ‘DaVinci’ has changed how many a man’s prostate gland is removed.  Utilizing a very small incision and allowing a surgeon to visualize internal structures without actually creating a large opening, the surgery typically reduces blood loss and speeds recovery.  Now researchers at Johns Hopkins are making the next advances with a device called an MR bot.  Trinity Bevalaqua, a urologist at Johns Hopkins, explains.

BEVALAQUA: What the DaVinci does not show us, blood flow, to the actual prostate and with the neurovascular bundle.  By using specialized tandem robots like the MR bot to better visualize the neurovascular bundle during robotic assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy, we can do a better job of nerve sparing during the procedure.          :18

Nerve sparing allows functions such as erectile ability to be preserved once a man’s prostate gland is removed.  At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.


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