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July 2008 - Volume 5 - Issue 1

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Urology Center of Excellence at Jackson South Community Hospital is a New Resource for Prostate Cancer Patients

In the United States, one in six men will develop prostate cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, there will be more than 186,000 new cases of prostate cancer in the U.S. in 2008 and more than 28,000 men will die of this disease. While the odds can be scary, South Floridians can rest assured they have access to some of the finest medical services right in their own backyard at the Urology Center of Excellence at Jackson South Community Hospital.

The Urology Center is a new resource for state-of-the-art diagnostic testing and treatment for prostate and other urologic problems. Led by Sanjay Razdan, M.D., MCh., the center is staffed by nationally recognized physicians who are experts in these types of diseases.

The center offers new technologies that are giving prostate cancer patients new treatment options. One new technology is called the "daVinci S Robotic Surgical System." Dr. Razdan was one of the first urologists in Miami-Dade County to perform radical prostatectomy procedures with the daVinci S robotic Surgical System, which allows the surgeon to perform minimally invasive procedures, such as removal of the prostate, in hard-to-reach areas with more precision.

Because this technology is less invasive than other surgical options, patients experience minimal pain, less blood loss, and a smaller risk of infection. In addition, the side effects of urinary incontinence and erectile dysfunction are reduced significantly. Patients undergoing this procedure can expect an excellent chance of cure with return to normal activities within days. In the majority of cases, patients are not troubled with incontinence or impotence.

The da Vinci system consists of a surgeon console located in the operating room with hand controls and foot pedals that operate four versatile robotic arms as well as cameras that offer surgeons a three-dimensional perspective of the area they are operating on. During the surgery, the system scales, filters and translates a surgeonís hand motions into precise movements that dictate how the robotic arms perform the designated tasks.

The new da Vinci S model robotic surgical system features 3D vision. It has a wider panoramic view with improved viewing resolutions providing more clarity and detail, which helps surgeons to have the best possible view of the area where they are operating. The system also has longer instruments making it easier for surgeons to maneuver them around sensitive areas during the operation.

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