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Dr. Stern Lectures in Kyoto, Japan

Dr. Stern was invited as a Visiting Professor to Kyoto University in Japan to speak on the topic of robotic technology. Read about Jeff Stern’s presentation on robotic technology at the Kyoto University conference.

The da Vinci® Robotic-assisted Prostatectomy

High-tech and minimally invasive, the da Vinci® Robotic Prostatectomy represents the next era of prostate cancer surgery. With the aid of physician-controlled robotic instrumentation and three-dimensional imagery of the operating site, Urologists are able to achieve outstanding precision and reduce the risk associated with traditional open surgery using this state-of-the-art prostate cancer treatment. When performed by an experienced robotic surgeon, like the Phoenix urology specialists  of Academic Urology & Urogynecology of Arizona, patients can expect less operative blood loss, reduced damage to the surrounding muscles, nerves, and tissue, a shortened hospital stay, and a reduced period of recovery.

What is the Laparoscopic da Vinci® Prostatectomy?

As with a laparoscopic prostatectomy, a robotic excision of the prostate gland is performed through a series of small abdominal incisions. Urologists then insert an endoscope for visualization of the operating site and perform the procedure using surgeon-controlled robotic arms equipped with microsurgical instrumentation. The movements of the robotic arms are controlled by a surgeon via a high-tech operating consol. Here, the surgeon has a three-dimensional magnified view of the prostate and surrounding nerves and tissue. Using two hand controls, the surgeons movements are filtered, refined, and translated in real time to the robotic arms.

The da Vinci® Robotic Prostatectomy System’s Endowrist Technology and Insite Vision System provide the surgeons of Academic Urology & Urogynecology of Arizona with enhanced dexterity, instrument stability, range of motion, and magnification for better control and precision. For this reason, robotic-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy is often the procedure of choice when performing a nerve-sparing prostate removal in which the end goal is the preservation of the nerves and tissue responsible for erection and continence.

Why should men living in and around Anthem, Buckeye,  Peoria, Glendale, Sun City, and Phoenix, Arizona with cancer confined to the prostate consider robotic surgery at Academic Urology & Urogynecology of Arizona?

  • Less operative blood loss
  • Reduced scarring
  • A shorter recovery time
  • A reduced risk of permanent incontinence and erectile dysfunction

Are you a Candidate for Robotic da Vinci® Prostate Surgery?

Men whose conditions have not progressed beyond the T1 and T2 stages of cancer (metastasized to other regions of the body) are likely candidates for robotic-assisted prostate cancer surgery. Other factors, such as age, size, and past medical and surgical history may influence an individual’s qualification for this procedure. The Urologists of Academic Urology & Urogynecology of Arizona will closely review each case to determine appropriateness of use.

To learn more about the qualifications of Academic Urology & Urogynecology of Arizona’s prostate cancer robotic surgeons, click on the links below or schedule a consultation.

Prostate Cancer

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Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is the most prevalent form of cancer in men. In fact, one in six men will receive a diagnosis of prostate cancer during their lifetime. When detected early, it is also one of the most treatable. If you have recently been diagnosed with prostate cancer, there are a number of therapy options available to you ranging from minimally invasive treatments, such as radiation, to state-of-the-art surgical procedures, like the da Vinci Robotic Prostatectomy.

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Meet the Providers


Jeffrey A. Stern, MD, FACS

Aaron W. LaTowsky, MD

David J. Kaplan, MD

Chandan Kundavaram, MD

John Mai, MD

Paul M. Papoff, MD, FRCS(C)

Amy Schlaifer, MD


Jennifer Klauschie, MD

Keri Wong, MD


Loren L. Faaborg, MD, FACOG

Advanced Practice Providers:

Tyler W. Chavez, MHS, PA-C

Katie Gillies, MMS, PA-C

Madison Palmer, PA-C

Debbie Sullivan, PhD, RN, PA-C

Jamie Tumbleson, ANP

Areas of Expertise

Prostate Cancer
da Vinci Robotic Surgery
GreenLight Laser
Female Vaginal Prolapse
Erectile Dysfunction
Laparoscopic Nephrectomy

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