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Dr. David Samadi is a world renowned robotic surgery expert as well as the Chairman of Urology, Chief of Robotic Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital, and Professor of Urology at Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine in New York City. His colleague, Dr. Manny Alvarez, the managing editor of health news at, has touted Dr. Samadi as “the king of robotic surgery” and “R2D2 meets modern medicine.”

The following is a true “inside” look at robotic surgery with Samadi at the controls.

Dr. Samadi began working with robots in 2001
  • He performs multiple surgeries in one day with his highly skilled and professional surgical team at Lenox Hill
  • He has performed over 7,000+ successful robotic prostatectomies in his practice
  • Dr. Samadi views robotics as an exciting “new era of surgery”
  • He believes that 90 percent of treatment outcome depends on the experience of the surgeon
  • Samadi is a multi-disciplined surgeon who is also trained in laparoscopic and traditional open surgery
  • In the surgery, the abdomen is distended in order to give the surgeon more space to work with
  • The robotic arms are attached to laparoscopic trocars, which are then inserted into the patient’s abdomen
  • The surgeon at a nearby console communicates with the robotic arms controlling the instruments inside the patient
  • The surgeon’s movement is translated to the robotic arms, which filter out any manual tremors in the instruments.
  • Robotic prostatectomy is an accurate and bloodless removal of the prostate gland and surrounding lymph nodes, if needed
  • Surgeries typically take about 90 minutes and the patient’s time in recovery is usually about two hours
  • Patients are usually discharged the same day and can resume normal activities within 10 days
  • Blood loss is only about 50cc, compared to blood loss with open surgery, which is about 500 to 1000 cc
  • Ideal candidates for robotic surgery are those with early stage, organ-confined cancer. The primary goal is cancer cure in addition to preserving urinary control and sexual function
  • Dr. Samadi encourages patients to research surgeons and the volume of cases they have performed and get second opinions

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