By Intuitive Surgical |September, 2013 | Globe Newswire
An independent study published online in the journal Urology found that minimally invasive surgery for prostate cancer significantly reduces complications when compared to open surgery. The study found that minimally invasive surgery for prostate cancer, including laparoscopic and robotic-assisted surgery, was associated with lower transfusion rates, shorter length of hospital stay, and lower serious postoperative complication and mortality rates compared to open prostatectomy.
In the study, the authors (Liu JJ, Maxwell BG, Panousis P, Chung BI) evaluated the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) database, a national, prospective perioperative database reflecting diverse practice settings, from 2005 to 2010, for laparoscopic or robotic-assisted prostatectomy and open retropubic prostatectomy. Compared with other administrative databases that capture only inpatient events, the NSQIP database identifies complications up to 30 days postoperatively, providing more detailed characterization of complications after prostatectomy. The perioperative outcomes that were examined included surgical and total operation duration, transfusion rates, length of stay, major morbidity (cardiovascular, pulmonary, renal and infectious) and mortality. Read more >
By Robert Mordkin, MD | September, 2013 | Men's Journal
- Vasectomy FAQ
- Does it require surgery on the testicles?
- Will a vasectomy cause my body to change – my voice, demeanor, or sex drive?
- How will I know the vasectomy is successful and I can't have any more kids?
- What happens to the sperm?
- Can a vasectomy lead me to get testicular cancer?
- What if I want to have more kids in the future? Can my vasectomy be reversed?
- Will I be awake during the vasectomy?
- How long will I need to recover from the procedure?
- How does me having a vasectomy compare to my wife having her "tubes tied"?
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By Kevin Gray | July, 2013 | Men's Journal
The problem: Blood testing for PSA, or prostate-specific antigens, is fairly inaccurate. This produces millions of false positives, which can lead to painful biopsies, the unnecessary removal of the prostate, and radiation treatment, which can cause erectile dysfunction and incontinence. "It is a good, appropriate move," says Dr. Robert Mordkin, Chief of Urology and Director of Robotic Surgery at the Virginia Hospital Center, and a supporter of PSA testing... Read more >
By Melissa Romero | May, 2012 | Washingtonian Well+Being
Urologists have strongly protested the panel’s advice, ever since the independent group of health experts came out with its initial recommendations last fall. Dr. Robert Mordkin, a urologist at Virginia Hospital Center, says the reaction among his colleagues has been negative, and they “completely disagree” with the task force’s recommendation... Read more >
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