Chief of Urologic Oncology at CINJ reaches a Milestone in Robotic Prostate Cancer Surgery

December 7, 2012 by  
Filed under Prostate Cancer

The chief of urologic oncology at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey (CINJ) Isaac Kim has successfully completed a 1000th robotic prostate cancer surgery on man from Newark.

This is a milestone reached by the urological oncologist who also doubles as MD, PhD and associate professor of surgery at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH).

The news here is that this doctor utilizes one of the best minimally invasive surgical approaches to help treat prostate cancer successfully.

Robotic surgery is safer, faster and results to minimal incisions when a person is treated with the procedure. It involves the use of computer-aid robot to get rid of cancer which has originated from the prostate gland.

This feat achieved by the doctor is worthy of mention since this is the 1000th times he has applied it to save the lives of men.

A NEWS MEDICAL article published December 6, 2012 provides more details on the title “CINJ urologic oncology chief completes 1,000th robotic prostatectomy at RWJUH”.

In the article, robotic prostatectomy was described as a procedure which allows a surgeon to control a set of robotic arms that hold tiny surgical instruments to remove a patient’s cancer. This approach is quite different from the radical prostatectomy many are used to.

In the article, it is said of robotic surgery that:

Unlike the traditional open method of prostate surgery that results in a six-inch scar in the abdominal area, patients who undergo this minimally-invasive surgical technique are left with incisions smaller than a dime.

In the U.S., robotic prostatectomy is being performed on 85 percent of men who have their prostate removed (Journal of Clinical Oncology – doi: 10.1200/JCO.2011.36.862). This compares to only 10 percent of men a decade ago after the procedure first received FDA approval and started to be widely used.

Commenting on his experiences in the times he has used surgery to get rid of prostate cancer, Dr. Kim noted that: “During the seven year period during which I performed my 1,000 procedures, the blood transfusion rate was only 0.3 percent and the duration of the hospital stay was only one day in 95 percent of the patients. Simultaneously, rate of recovery of urinary continence and sexual function remain high,”

Finally, we congratulate Dr. Isaac Kim for this 1000th milestone. We also wish him many more years of successful practice in robotic prostatectomy.

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