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In July of 2006, Dr. Jeffrey Stern spoke at Kyoto University on the topic of “Surgical Robotics and the Robotic Prostatectomy” hosted by Professor Osamu Ogawa, Chairman of Kyoto University’s Department of Urology. Dr. Stern’s presentation touched on the history of robotic surgery and the current state of robotics used for the treatment of various urologic conditions.
Dr. Jeffrey Stern's Invitation Letter To Kyoto University, JapanStern explained that robotics in urology uses a computer as an interface between the surgeon and the patient. "Over the last several years, the world has seen an explosive growth of the use of robotics in surgery – but the best is yet to come," says Stern. "Over the next 10 years we will see exponential technological advances in robotic surgery which will benefit patients in ways we never imagined."
On the topic of robotic prostatectomy, Dr. Stern concluded to the attending residents and faculty that the robotic prostatectomy for prostate cancer is superior to traditional open surgery with regards to decreased stay in the hospital post surgery. Additionally, Dr. Stern indicated that patients have less blood loss and less pain following surgery. Dr. Stern revealed that recent data indicates that the results of nerve-sparing robotic prostatectomy are very encouraging, and may be better than traditional open surgery.
Questions from residents and the faculty encompassed a variety of issues, including Dr. Stern’s nerve sparing technique for robotic prostatectomy. “My initial exposure to nerve sparing was on the open technique for prostate cancer,” said Dr. Stern.
Prior to his current position at Academic Urology & Urogynecology of Arizona, Dr. Jeffrey Stern worked extensively and collaborated with leaders in the field of prostate cancer during his training at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. “The anatomy of the prostate is extremely complex,” said Dr. Stern, who has written a book chapter on prostate anatomy. “During the robotic operation, the field of view is magnified, and the surgeon can visualize the nerves to erection even better."