Dr. David Samadi Says Choose Surgery Over Radiation

Based on scientific data, nearly 12 percent of men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in the future. And when it comes to successfully treating the disease, Dr. David Samadi has a 90 percent success rate. For one, robotic surgery has brought significant progress, and Dr. Samadi is highly experienced in nerve sparing robotic prostatectomies.

Robotic Prostatectomy

The system itself consists of a console, where the surgeon sits, and the robot which has four arms. Through a small incision on the belly, the robotic instruments are brought into the body where Dr. Samadi guides the robot. On the screen the doctor can see a magnified three-dimensional image of the area. In the past decade, Dr. Samadi has performed more than 7000 of these surgeries.Dr. Samadi is Chief of Robotic Surgery at New York’s Lenox Hill Hospital, and he affirms that men undergoing prostate surgery have a better prognosis. In fact, studies show that men who underwent a surgical prostatectomy had lower mortality rates than those who chose other treatment methods. Additionally, studies confirm that just three months after the procedure, urinary incontinence and erectile dysfunction – the most common problems with prostate cancer, have significant function. And the proportion will increase significantly in the following months.

Worldwide, more than one million men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year. Most choose to remove the tumor surgically, and patients even travel internationally to have Dr. David Samadi perform the surgery. In robotic-assisted surgery, patients lost less blood, stayed in the hospital for 1.7 days shorter, had less pain after one week and a better quality of life after six weeks.Dr. David Samadi is an award-winning, board-certified urologic oncologist. In addition to being an expert on laparoscopic radical prostatectomies, he’s been medical correspondent on FoxNews for the past seven years, and a broadcaster on his own half-hour program, Sunday Housecall, which airs Sundays at 12:30pm.Dr. Samadi joined Lenox Hill Hospital in 2013, developing a leading Urology program, and lending his expertise to international cancer causes.From 2008 to 2013, Dr. Samadi was honored with the Patient’s Choice Award. Those same years, he has also won American’s Top Doctor and American’s Best Doctor awards. In 2012 and 2013, he was named New York Metro Area’s Top Doctors.Dr. David Samadi received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Stony Brook University, New York.

Mitt Romney’s Health Prognosis

There are great changes afoot in the political world today, as many veterans of congress are stepping down rather than running in the upcoming mid-term elections in November. The big news right now is that Orrin Hatch, the republican veteran senator from Utah, is giving up his seat, and that is leaving an opening for Mitt Romney to return to political life. Romney’s high profile as a former governor and presidential candidate means that he will now be closely watched as he launches his senatorial bid. Given that Romney recently underwent surgery for prostate cancer, his health will now be more closely watched as well.

A New Focus On Health

Dr. David Samudi serves as the acting Chair of Urology as well as the Chief of Robotic Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York. Dr. Samudi recently spoke to The Huffington Post about Mitt Romney’s current health situation, given that he recently underwent prostate surgery.

According to the doctor’s analysis of the surgery as it has been reported, Governor Romney’s health prognosis is very good. The surgery reportedly went well, and the prostate cancer was localized in the area of the prostate gland. In these situations Dr. Samudi highly recommends that patients undergo surgery rather than have radiation. Surgery can be very effective at taking out all of the cancer in the area before it spreads to other organs, and the recovery rate is very good. Patients who undergo radiation as the first treatment for prostate cancer are shown to have a much lower rate of recovery and chance of survival if the cancer returns and spreads to other organs after the treatment. In Romney’s case, he was apparently fortunate in having the illness caught before it spread to other areas.

Dr. Samudi stresses that early detection is the key to a high survival rate with prostate cancer. He also stresses that anyone who is considering treatment should work closely with their urologist as they consider different ways of dealing with the illness. Anyone considering surgery should also talk to medical experts at length about the possible outcomes of surgery, and they should be sure to take a close look at their surgeon’s record before committing to treatment. Dr. Samudi also notes that two other notable political figures, Colin Powell and John Kerry, both underwent prostate surgery and had very successful outcomes.