Episode 20090310

Fibroid Removal Using Robotics

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Laparoscopy is a common surgical technique, but, has not been as successful in treating fibroids. Dr. Jacoby has pioneered a refinement using what is called the da Vinci robot. She sits at a console and manipulates special instruments which are inserted via a laparascope and operates as if her own hands were within the abdomen. This converts a prolonged hospitalization into same day surgery.Peter Pressman, MDAbout our Interviewee:Alison Jacoby, MD, Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, Director of the Comprehensive Fibroid Center, UCSF National Center of Excellence in Women's Healthmoreless

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