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Fremont Urologist Reaches Milestone With 1,000 daVinci Surgeries
02/01/2013
On January 9, 2013, Fremont urologist Paulos Yohannes, MD, performed his 1,000th daVinci® surgical procedure, a prostatectomy, at Fremont Area Medical Center (FAMC). Dr. Yohannes, who is one of the nation’s foremost experts in robotic surgery, was among the first in the nation to adopt the technology in 2002 and has trained many surgeons across the country. The daVinci is the most technologically advanced robotic surgical system in the world, allowing surgeons to perform complex operations through incisions that are much smaller and less traumatic than those used with traditional surgical approaches. It also provides surgeons with unparalleled precision, dexterity, and control. Gynecologists on the Medical Staff at FAMC began utilizing the daVinci for hysterectomies in 2007 and are some of the most experienced surgeons in the state at performing that procedure. Today, the majority of hysterectomies performed at FAMC are done utilizing the daVinci. At FAMC, the daVinci surgical system is used mostly for urologic and gynecologic procedures, including the removal of cancerous prostates (prostatectomy), excision of cancerous kidneys (partial nephrectomy), for hysterectomies, and to repair pelvic prolapse (sacrocolpopexy). With the daVinci, the surgeon sits at a console just a few feet from the patient, viewing the surgical site at ten times magnification through a 3-dimensional viewer. Robotic arms positioned above the patient hold a camera and surgical instruments. The robotic arms reproduce the exact movements of the surgeon’s hands, wrists, and fingers, while eliminating hand tremors that naturally occur in even the steadiest of hands. Adopting new technology, especially in the field of medicine, can seem daunting, but according to Dr. Yohannes, the potential benefits for patients far outweighed any inconvenience in learning and adapting to a new technology. “The daVinci surgical approach can lead to fewer complications," says Yohannes. "Patients typically experience less trauma to the surgical site – less scarring, less blood loss, less postoperative pain, and shorter hospital stays, resulting a faster overall recovery. And men who’ve had the daVinci prostatectomy may have fewer problems with impotence and incontinence. Of course, the outcome depends greatly on the experience of the surgeon." To find out more about daVinci surgery at FAMC, CLICK HERE.