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Robotic Prostate Surgery Shown Live Over Internet from Sentara Norfolk General Hospital 

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Norfolk, VA – August 1, 2007 – August 8 at 2:00 p.m., surgeons at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, Virginia will demonstrate the advantages of a proven yet innovative procedure—robotic assisted prostatectomy—to treat prostate cancer.

View the archived surgery webcast anytime

Using FDA approved da Vinci ® Surgical System, urologist Raymond Lance, M.D. will sit at a console across the operating room where his hand and foot motions are translated to the movements of a four-armed robot at the patient’s bedside some 6 feet away. Through tiny incisions and using the robot’s arms as extensions of his own, Dr. Lance will remove the patient’s cancerous prostate gland.

The da Vinci system offers surgeons precise movements, increased range of motion exceeding the natural range of the human hand, and 10 times the magnification for better visualization during surgery.

A full 1 in 6 U.S. men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year.  

With numerous treatment options available, which option would you choose?
For Ken Roach –former drag racer and Assistant Superintendent with Lambert’s Point Docks, a subsidiary of Norfolk Southern— the answer was clear.

“The da Vinci procedure offers quicker recovery. I’m hopeful to be back to work in about two to three weeks, says 57-year-old Roach who will undergo the August 8 procedure while thousands of viewers watch it live over the Internet.
 
With shorter hospital stays—usually less than 24 hours compared to up to 7 days for an open surgery—this less invasive procedure promises less pain during recovery, significantly reduced blood loss, and quicker recovery.

Nearing one year since his da Vinci prostate surgery, Kerry May, a 59-year-old avid recreational sailor and recent retiree reflects on the decision for this minimally invasive procedure.
 
“It boiled down to lifestyle,” says May, who along with his wife, has planned to sail out of the area on extended trips. Other options didn’t offer the freedom they were seeking and required either extensive therapy over several years or routine monitoring.

“This made a lot of sense to us,” says May who returned to consulting work within a week of his procedure. Kerry May is a recent Hampton resident.

August 8, 2007 Procedure
The event will be moderated by nationally known urologist Dr. Michael Fabrizio, who will explain critical portions of the procedure as Dr. Lance operates. This is the second program in a series of four ExploreHealth with Sentara live surgery webcasts sponsored by Sentara in 2007, for medical professionals and consumers to view innovative procedures live over the Internet from anywhere in the world. Sign up for an email reminder of the August 8 live procedure, ask questions during the web cast, or view the archive edition later at www.sentara.com/explorehealth.

The National Library of Medicine will also feature this program as part of an exclusive index of medical literature, found at www.medlineplus.gov.

Sentara Healthcare, the premier not-for-profit health care provider in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina, offering robotic assisted surgeries since 2002. More than 550 robot-assisted prostatectomies have been performed at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, a proven treatment option for men wanting an alternative to traditional open surgery.

Risk Factors for Prostate Cancer: All men over age 40 are at risk for prostate cancer. People with a family history are at greater risk, and African-American men in particular are at higher risk than Caucasian men for developing prostate cancer.

Symptoms: While the majority of men show no symptoms, below are some of the most commonly noted:
- Frequent urination, especially at nighttime;
- Inability to urinate;
- Trouble controlling urination;
- A weak or interrupted flow of urine;
- Painful or burning urination;
- Blood in urine or semen;
- Painful ejaculation;
- Frequent pain in the lower back, hips, pelvis, or upper thighs.

Detection: Two screenings are offered to detect prostate cancer well before symptoms occur. One is the digital rectal exam (DRE), whereby a physician feels the prostate gland through the rectum to detect lumps or hard tissue. The other is an FDA-approved blood test to detect abnormal levels of a substance known as prostate-specific antigen (PSA), which the prostate naturally produces.

Patient Benefits of Robot Assisted Prostatectomy
- Smaller incisions and greater precision;
- Robot offers greater range of motion during surgery not possible with human hands;
- Shorter hospital stay;
- Less pain and scarring;
- Less blood loss and transfusions;
- Faster recovery;
- Quicker return to normal activities.

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