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First Successful Prostate Cancer Surgeries Using Robot Performed by Miami Valley Hospital Surgeons

DAYTON, OH (March 13) - The first three prostate cancer operations using robotic surgery were successfully performed at Miami Valley Hospital (MVH) by surgeons David W. Key, MD and Mark A. Monsour, MD, both with Urology Associates of Dayton. The third procedure was completed today, and two others were conducted earlier last week.

MVH is the only hospital in the Dayton area performing this type of minimally invasive surgery using the da Vinci® Surgical System manufactured by Intuitive Surgical Inc. The surgical system was purchased by the hospital last December. It has a price tag of more than $1 million.

"The introduction of robotic surgery at Miami Valley Hospital is history in the making," said Mary Boosalis, president and CEO of the Dayton region's largest hospital. "This new technology positions our hospital at the forefront of leading-edge procedures, and it shows we're willing to make the investment to ensure our patients receive top-notch services."

Surgeons at MVH will initially use the robot for prostate and cardiothoracic procedures, such as heart valve repair. In the future, it can be used for gynecologic and other general surgical needs.

With robotic surgery, tiny mechanical arms are inserted into the patient through tiny incisions. The surgeon controls the robotic movements or the arms through special hand-and-foot controls at a console several feet away from the operating table.

The robot translates the surgeon's hand, wrist and finger movements at the control console into corresponding micro-movements of the instrument tip. Similar movements also control the camera to see inside the patient's body. The system allows surgeons to do complex operations, precisely, without making large incisions. Surgeons also realize improved access in operative areas and enhanced visualization.

"Unlike radical prostatectomy, which would require an eight- to 10-inch incision and at least two days in the hospital, the robotic surgery procedure performed takes just five small cuts," said Dr. Key. "As surgeons, we're thrilled to be offering this option to our patients, and studies are proving that robotic surgery is the future of medicine as we know it."

Patients who elect for robotic surgery may benefit from a shorter hospital stay, less pain, less risk of infection, less blood loss, fewer transfusions, less scarring, faster recovery and a quicker return to normal daily activities.

MVH, a member of the Premier Health Partners network, is investing in new technologies to further advance cutting-edge surgical services being offered to its patients. The hospital joins many other renowned institutions nationwide already doing robotic procedures. Analyst estimates indicate there will be 70,000 robotic surgeries conducted in 2006 with 40 percent of these procedures for prostatectomy.

"By all accounts robotic-surgery patients experience minimal blood loss during surgery, and feel less discomfort and pain than open-surgery patients," explained urologist Mark Monsour MD. "Overall, the benefit of this procedure cannot be minimized."