NEW YORK /PR Newswire/
"In August, Dr. Ashutosh Tewari, director of robotic prostatectomy at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell, removed Stuart Forbes's walnut-size prostate and lymph nodes and reattached his bladder to his urethra without once putting his hands inside the patient. Using Intuitive Surgical's da Vinci™ robotic system and operating through five tiny incisions, Tewari conducted the entire procedure from across the room. He sat at a console and turned two knobs to remotely manipulate tiny surgical instruments attached to adjustable robotic arms. Forbes was walking within hours of his surgery and was discharged the next day. By midweek, he was walking three miles daily. After three weeks he was playing golf again; by late October he'd regained normal urinary, and most sexual, function. 'I'm about as excited as anyone can be about this procedure,' says Forbes in the December 12 issue of Newsweek."