SEATTLE, May 28, 2010 -- On Saturday, May 29 at 1:05 p.m., Swedish-affiliated urologic surgeon and director of Swedish's Robotic-Assisted Surgery program Dr. James Porter will perform a robotic-assisted partial nephrectomy (kidney) surgery that will be broadcast live via satellite for educational purposes to more than 1,000 physicians at the American Urological Association’s (AUA) annual meeting in San Francisco.
Having performed more than 1,000 robotic-assisted surgeries and pioneered lateral-approach robotic-assisted partial nephrectomy surgery in the United States, Dr. Porter was asked by the AUA to showcase how he uses the da Vinci Robotic-Assisted Surgical System to perform high-risk and complex surgical procedures.
Robot-assisted surgery has quickly become the leading treatment for prostate cancer. This technology is now being applied to the removal of cancerous kidney tumors while preserving the remaining normal kidney. Removing just the kidney tumor results in better overall kidney function and improved patient survival as compared to removing the entire kidney. Robot-assisted partial nephrectomy offers substantially less pain, a smaller incision and a shorter recovery than traditional open partial nephrectomy.
To watch a video online about the Robotic-Assisted Surgery program at Swedish, click here.
KING Television (Channel 5; NBC) plans to air a related story during one of their May 29 newscasts. For more information about that, visit www.king5.com.