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Urologic Robotic Surgery
Dr. Nikhil L. Shah
Dr. Nikhil L. Shah
Dr. Nikhil L. Shah trained at the Vattikuti Urology Institute, Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, under Dr. Mani Menon. Dr. Shah was part of a pioneering team that developed and standardized Robotic Radical Prostatectomy. Since 2002, he has performed over 2,500 operations with the latest robotic technology. His expertise involves a number of different robotic urologic procedures including: radical prostatectomy, partial nephrectomy, pyeloplasty, cytectomy and ureteral reimplantation.
Dr. Shah completed a highly coveted Urologic Oncology Fellowship in 2006. Dr. Shah actively teaches robotic surgery and maintains a robotic and laparoscopic fellowship program. He has traveled the world presenting his experience in laparoscopic and robotic surgery. In addition, he has published numerous articles and chapters in the topic. In the biotechnology field, Dr. Shah continues to research new advances in minimally invasive surgery. As a professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Dr. Shah teaches engineering students and partners with industry leaders to develop new devices.
Below you will read some of his patients testimonials.
Men's Health & Wellness Center
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The Men’s Health & Wellness Center
is a Georgia based not-for-profit corporation founded in 2007 by Nikhil Shah, DO whose mission is to educate and support better health practices among men and their loved ones by promoting lifestyle practices that assist in disease prevention and promote healthy living.
Men are traditionally stoic, and frequently reluctant to engage the medical community or to discuss issues of health with other men until there is a medical event that is often a crisis. Further, men are often willing participants in athletic and competitive activity without the necessary components of a healthy lifestyle that can support those activities and maximize their performance.
Men's Health & Wellness Center is for and about men from all walks of life who face serious health issues as they age.
Prostate cancer survivor tells men to know their numbers
“Family members and friends call me ‘the missing link’ because I don’t get sick and I don’t miss work,” says Michael LeBlanc, a prostate cancer survivor treated at Piedmont Atlanta Hospital. “I’ve always been very physically active. I went two and a half years ago for a routine physical and my doctor called me back the very next day. He told me he wanted me to see a urologist at the hospital and get some blood work done because things weren’t quite right.”
After additional blood work and biopsies, LeBlanc learned he had prostate cancer. “When I first heard, it was a little bit scary,” he says. “I didn’t know where to go or who to go to.” He was referred to Piedmont's Nikhil Shah, D.O., chief of minimal access and robotic surgery, and Raj Laungani, M.D., director of minimally invasive surgery and robotic urology...........Read more
Prostate Cancer and Robotic Surgery
Prostate cancer and robotic surgery
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men except for skin cancer. More than 240,000 new cases are reported each year in the United States. When a man is diagnosed with prostate cancer, he typically has three options, according to Nikhil Shah, D.O., chief of minimal access and robotic surgery at Piedmont Atlanta Hospital. Dr. Shah says the first is “watchful waiting, active surveillance”; the second is radiation therapy; and the third is the surgical option to remove the prostate with the cancer contained.
With robotic surgery, Dr. Shah says the third option is much more viable than traditional surgery, which means urinary incontinence is less of an issue than it might have been in the past. “What we see in our practice is a definite difference in terms of quality of life,” says Dr. Shah. He says prostate cancer patients who have robotic surgery become continent much quicker............read more
Prostate cancer survivor takes active role in his healthcare
Dan Fernandez, a prostate cancer survivor treated by Nikhil Shah, D.O., chief of minimal access and robotic surgery at Piedmont Atlanta Hospital, was 51 when he learned he had prostate cancer following a yearly physical.
“When I received my blood work, I noticed that my PSA – which I’d been monitoring for years because my father is a prostate cancer survivor – was a 4, but the previous year it had only been a 1.6,” he says. “I spoke with my primary physician and explained that it was a 4. He told me that was within normal limits, but I knew the PSA velocity was abnormal.” Fernandez’s primary care physician referred him to an urologist to rule out a more serious condition...........Read more
Mani Menon, M.D.
Mani Menon, M.D.
is a urologist and Director of the Vattikuti Institute at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. Dr. Menon is a pioneer in the development of robotic surgery, especially robotic prostatectomy.
Dr. Menon started the first robotic prostate surgery program in the United States at the Vattikuti Urology Institute in 2001 and since then he and his group at the Vattikuti Institute have performed the largest number of robotic prostatectomies in the world (more than 6,000) and have the longest follow-up (up to 11 years). The VUI was the first institution to offer the surgery on an out-patient basis.
Dr. Menon earned his medical degree from the Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIMPER) Pondicherry, one of the premier medical schools and hospitals in India. He completed his residency in Urology at the Brady Urological Institute at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, where he trained under preeminent urologist Patrick Walsh, M.D.
While working with Dr. Walsh, Dr. Menon developed a technique to measure androgen receptors in the human prostate, the first such measurement. Later, Dr. Menon moved to Washington University in St. Louis where, within two years, he became the youngest tenured clinical faculty member. He also became one of the first surgeons in the world to perform nerve-sparing radical prostatectomy.
In 1983, Dr. Menon joined the University of Massachusetts, where he started the Division of Urological and Transplantation Surgery and, at the age of 34, became the youngest chair of Urology in the United States.
Under Dr. Menon's leadership, the Department of Urology at the University of Massachusetts became the largest in New England and one of the best in the country as ranked by U.S. News and World Report.
In 1997, Dr. Menon was recruited from the University of Massachusetts to Henry Ford Hospital to invigorate its prostate cancer program.
Dr. Menon has published more than 300 papers, primarily in the field of robotic surgery, renal transplantation and urolithiasis. His work has appeared in the major urological journals as well as in the New England Journal of Medicine. He is a past member of the National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Advisory Board and a trustee of the American Board of Urology.
Dr. Menon has been a visiting professor at various institutions not only inside the United States, but throughout the world, where he lectures and performs robotic surgery.
Gold Cystoscope Award – American Urological Association
Shustruta Award of Distinction in Urology – Indian American Urological Association
Best Doctors in America - Castle-Connolly
Top Doc - Hour Detroit magazine
American Dreamer - Crain’s Detroit Business
Top Indian Doctors in America – Little India magazine
This is a difficult letter to write. How can I thank someone who has saved my life? A simple "thank you" seems so inadequate in comparison to the gift of life you have given me. There are so many thank you's to note, but I'll just list a few of the key ones:
Thanks for accepting me as a patient and sharing your gift as it is manifested through prostate surgery;
Thank you for successfully removing the cancer from my body;
Thank you for giving me the ability to face each day with a sense that I can and will live a long and productive life
Thank you for the belief and expectation that I now have the opportunity to see my three children for many more years to come and, God willing, their children;
Thank you for the confidence that I can plan on being alive to walk my two daughters down the aisle when their happy day of marriage comes;
Thank you for giving my bride of 32 years "Molly" and me the exquisite sense that we have a long, wonderful, happy life still ahead of us together to laugh and love and share.
Thank you. You will always hold a place of deep, special meaning in my life, the lives of my family and friends who are thankful for the result you produced; and the lives of the thousands you are touching every day with your gifted talent.
Mr. and Mrs. Vattikuti should be very pleased with what you have done with their Institute. You have dramatically impacted both the community of Detroit, the United States and global medical community; and, you have brought relief and joy to thousands of patients who have been blessed with your gift of surgery and healing.
Thank you. I am one of the lucky ones who found you. Thank you and God bless.
Dr. Jim C. Hu, MD, MPH
Dr. Jim C. Hu, MD, MPH
is the Director of Minimally Invasive Urologic Oncology and the only surgeon in New England, and one of the few in the US, fellowship trained exclusively in robotic surgery. He completed his fellowship at one of the highest volume robotic prostatectomy center in the world, where he performed more than 450 robotic prostatectomies from 2004-05. He was recruited to launch the robotic program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in September of 2005, where he has since performed more than 600 robotic prostatectomies.
He performed his internship in general surgery and residency in urologic surgery at the University of California Los Angeles Medical Center and his fellowship training at City of Hope National Medical Center. Dr. Hu’s research interests include Urologic Health Services Research, and his previous studies examined quality of life in men with prostate cancer and quality of care issues in the treatment of prostate cancer.
Dr. Hu’s clinical interests include prostate cancer, bladder cancer, kidney cancer, testis cancer, and adrenal cancers. His area of expertise is applying minimally invasive approaches to treat these conditions, including robotic assisted laparoscopic surgery.
Furthermore, Dr. Hu was a visiting lecturer in Taiwan where he demonstrated robotic prostatectomy and laparoscopic radical prostatectomy to Taiwanese urologists at Triservices General Hospital, MacKay Memorial Hospital, and Taipei City Hospital. Dr. Hu has also proctored surgeons learning robotic assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy in California, Massachusetts, and in Asia.
Dr. Hu has also received several institutional, foundation, and federal research awards and grants for his prostate cancer research
Open VS Robotic Prostatectomy - Written by an M.D. from Maine
Three treatment decisions faced me after learning I had prostate cancer: surgery vs.. radiation seeds, and, if surgery, open vs.. robotic and where? The first was a relatively easy decision for me. In view of my age (65) and otherwise excellent health, I opted for surgery to go for the surgical cure, to gain pathologic grading more accurate than the sampling on biopsy, and to establish the PSA as a monitor of the course of the disease, in addition to avoiding burning bridges for later surgery by having radiation. After reading and talking with friends, I was leaning toward robotic here in Portland at the Maine Medical Center. My surgeon here encouraged me to seek a second opinion, and I ended up seeing Dr. Jerome Richie, who has a wide reputation and deep and favorable experience with open prostatectomies. While Dr. Richie made a strong case and pushed for open, he respected my inclination to robotic and suggested I see Dr. Jim Hu, whom Dr. Richie recruited to his department to establish the robotic program. Two days later I met with Dr. Hu and learned about his training at the Center of Hope, a cancer center in Los Angeles where early work on refining robotic prostatectomies was carried out. In a year there Dr. Hu did 350 cases and assisted on 350 more while undoubtedly learning about the nuances of the procedure from those who had developed and perfected it, and during his first year at the Brigham, he had done 85 more cases.
After various conversations, including anesthesiologist friends who have done cases at the MMC, I concluded that robotic is a much more precise procedure. My understanding is that the first hour is occupied with making the small abdominal wall incisions and inserting and placing the cameras and the robotic arms. The surgeon is working in a virtual surgical field with a well-lit, 3-dimensional, stereoscopic view magnified x 10. Movement of the surgeons hands and wrists is accurately transmitted to the robotic apparatus that is actually doing the cutting, suturing, etc. There is much less bleeding and tissue damage.
Having decided on robotic, my most difficult decision was where to have the procedure done. I had great respect for both Dr. Hu and my Portland surgeon, and each had diligently collected data on their cases, with comparable outcomes. I ultimately opted for the Brigham and Dr. Hu, primarily on the basis of the intensity of his training.
As I write this, I am 9 days post-op and doing very well. After the three and a half hour procedure in the morning, I walked a quarter mile in the hospital corridors the evening of surgery and have walked at least a mile daily since. Scheduled IV Toradol controlled post-op pain well, and I was discharged at lunch the next day. I was provided a prescription for narcotic pain medicine but never even filled it. My pain score (0 = none, 10 = worst imaginable) peaked at 3-4 the night of surgery and progressively diminished to zero by post-op day 4. "Minimally-invasive surgery" has taken on new meaning! I can hardly believe how well I have felt. I did take regular Motrin for a week as recommended. The interesting one-week experience of having a catheter is behind me, the catheter was removed successfully 2 days ago, and I patiently await return of continence. Dr. Hu was considerate to call at 6:30 on a Friday evening to share the good news that my final pathology report was favorable.
Obviously, this in one person's experience but I am happy to share further thoughts with anyone facing the same decisions confronting me earlier this year.
Dr. David Samadi,MD
Dr David Samadi,MD
is the Vice Chairman, Department of Urology and Chief of Robotics and Minimally Invasive Surgery at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. He is one of the very few urologic surgeons in the United States trained in oncology, open, laparoscopic, and robotic surgery. To date, Dr. Samadi has performed over 3,800 Robotic Laparoscopic Prostate Surgeries.
Since his arrival at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in May 2007, he has successfully performed over 500 robotic prostatectomy surgeries, averaging 40-50 new cases per month. Additionally, over the past 7 years, Dr. Samadi has been actively involved in training and proctoring urologists across the country and internationally.
Dr. David B. Samadi is a board-certified urologist and a specialist in the diagnosis and treatment of urologic diseases, kidney cancer, bladder cancer, and prostate cancer. He performs many advanced minimally invasive treatments for prostate cancer, including laparoscopic radical prostatectomy and laparoscopic robotic radical prostatectomy.
Below are some of the success stories of his patients.
How I felt when I was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer:
Despite the fact that my identical twin brother had been diagnosed with PC five years previously, I nevertheless believed that I would somehow be spared the same diagnoses given that I was being followed closely and was living what I thought was a healthy lifestyle. It was therefore a shock to me when my Urologist at the time left me a message on the telephone answering machine that one out of twelve biopsies was positive. While his message assured me that I would be all right, I feared that once the surgery commenced, other problems might be revealed (as was the case with my Father's PC).
How I came upon Dr. Samadi: After sharing my diagnosis with my twin brother, he made me promise that I would contact a men's PC support group as soon as possible, which I did. I came upon a local chapter of the group "Us Too" who happened to be having Dr. Samadi make a presentation on the Da Vinci robotic method of prostate surgery at the very next meeting. Despite the fact that I already was scheduled for the "open method" to be performed by my original Urologist at a local hospital one week later, I reluctantly attended the meeting and presentation. Dr. Samadi's utstanding presentation (including video of an actual procedure) and his patient, empathetic and knowledgeable responses to the many questions, cleared up my previous doubts and misconceptions about robotic surgery and I decided right then that I was going to try to have Dr. Samadi perform the robotic surgery on my PC. The following Monday, I was able to get an appointment with Dr. Samadi after which a date was obtained for the surgery.
My surgical experience and "good news" for Father's Day: The minimally-invasiveness of my robotic surgery, and all the benefits that accrue as a result, were all that several of the men from the men's group said it would be! I was discharged from the hospital within 24 hours of being admitted and had my catheter removed in less than a week. I've had no obvious sign of blood loss since the surgery and no complications. Five days following the surgery, my wife and I were dancing at a wedding! Knowing that I would be worried about the pathology results, Dr. Samadi left me a message on my cell phone the Friday before Father's Day (the day the pathology was received) telling me about the favorable report and noting that this good news was the best Father's Day present he could give me and wished me a happy Father's Day. My wife and I were blown away by the compassion he demonstrated by this gesture. I later shared with him that he has been the answer to all the prayers that we have been the beneficiary of.
I just want to take the time to thank you and your staff, particularly Anna and Helen, for the genuine care and compassion that was bestowed upon me and my family during this difficult time.
As you know, I was alerted to the potential of having prostate cancer in January of this year due to an elevated PSA at 6.83, and then a second test in March of 4.8. I had a biopsy in May that confirmed that I did, in fact, have prostate cancer.
Once officially diagnosed, I began the long process of researching and weighing in on the different treatment options; considering both the short term and long term implications to my health and overall well-being. I began to gather information by talking to doctors, urologists and other men who have had prostate cancer. The number of options available to me seemed overwhelming; having to make a decision that would ultimately impact my long-term health was, and rightfully so, not an easy one. Then one day, on the suggestion of my local urologist, I contacted Dr. Carl Olsson, Chairman Emeritus of Columbia University. He examined me and suggested I get in touch with you for another evaluation.
On June 30, 2006, accompanied by my wife and daughter, I made a visit to your office. Electing to make that visit was perhaps the most important decision I have ever made. It was as a direct result of our confidence in you and your abilities and experience that I decided, then and there, to have a Robotic Laparoscopic Prostatectomy.
On September 8, 2006 you performed the surgery on me to remove my cancer. I could not have been more pleased with the speed at which I was able to recover. As early as that evening I was able to walk around the hospital, and I was home the next day and getting around quite well. My experience with you has shown that not only are you a very intelligent and capable surgeon, but you are also a person able to show great compassion and understanding towards your patients and their families. Even to the extent to give me your personal e mail address and cell phone number.
I had my six week visit with you on Oct. 24, 06 and my PSA was down to zero. The anxiety that accompanied my initial diagnose, a burden that I had carried with me for close to a year, had finally dissipated. I had kicked my cancer thanks entirely to you.
Again, on behalf of myself and my family, I just want to thank you for your compassion, capableness and concern during this difficult time. As a result of having had a Robotic Laparoscopic Prostatectomy I can now look forward to a long and cancer-free life.
is a Professor of Urology and Molecular Biology, Director of the Prostate Cancer Treatment and Research Program, and Director of Urologic Research at the Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.
Dr. Reiter has been a full time faculty member at UCLA since 1995. He completed his undergraduate studies at Yale University and then went on to study medicine at Stanford University Medical School. He completed residency training in general surgery at Stanford. He completed his urologic training at Baylor College of Medicine (in Houston), one of the foremost programs in urology in the United States. At Baylor, he studied under Dr. Peter Scardino, one of the world's preeminent prostate cancer surgeons.
Dr. Reiter completed additional fellowship training in urological cancer (eg. prostate, kidney, bladder and testicular cancer) at the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Reiter also completed three years of postdoctoral laboratory training focused on molecular biology of prostate and kidney cancer while at the NCI and subsequently at UCLA. Read more
Robotic Endocrine and Thyroid Surgery
Emad Kandil, M.D., FACS.
Dr. Emad Kandil
Chief of Endocrine Surgery at the Tulane University School of Medicine, is an internationally recognized leader in endocrine and oncological surgery, specializing in thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal surgery procedures. Under his guidance, the Tulane Thyroid Center performs over 350 endocrine surgeries each year.
Dr. Kandil works closely with each patient to craft a compassionate, patient-focused surgical treatment plan that provides the highest quality and greatest continuity of care. Dr. Kandil was a neuroendocrine research fellow at New York University, and completed his surgical residency at State University of New York – Health Sciences Center followed by an endocrinology and oncology surgery fellowship at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland.
Dr. Kandil is a board certified surgeon and a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons as well as an active member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists and the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons. He is on the advisory board and editorial board for several medical journals and has presented to national and international organizations including the American Head and Neck Society, the Society of Surgical Oncology, and the German Society of Surgery.
As a teaching faculty member at the Tulane University School of Medicine, Dr. Kandil conducts research into endocrine related diseases and instructs and proctors other surgeons in minimally invasive surgical techniques, including robotic assisted surgery.
He was one of the first surgeons to perform Robotic Endoscopic Transaxillary Gasless Thyroid Surgery in the country. Since robotic thyroid surgery is relatively new and many head and neck surgeons in the country are still learning robotic surgery, Dr. Kandil has been committed to educational excellence and was selected to chair a symposium in 2010 to teach surgeon across the country this novel surgical technique.
Dr. Kandil acts as a proctor for robotic surgery and has traveled all over the country to present papers and teach robotic surgery. He has also been featured on PBS and on multiple local television stations in New Orleans regarding scarless neck surgery.
For more information about Robotic Thyroid Surgery and Scarless Thyroid Surgery at Tulane University Medical Center Click here Read some of Dr. Kandil's Patients Testimonials below
I am an active thirty year old, with an equally active three year old to chase after. When I realized I was going to have to have thyroid surgery, I was concerned for recovery and also scarring. I already have a pacemaker and my skin keloids, leaving unattractive scars. The thought of having a scar across my neck was very concerning.
Dr. Kandil explained by doing a robotic surgery he could make the incision in the natural folds of my skin on my chest and underarm making it hard to notice. I agreed to this type of surgery and I am thankful everyday for it. I can wear a sleeveless shirt or swim suit and my scar, which is about three inches in length under my arm, goes totally undetected.
After the surgery, Dr. Kandil and his nursing staff made me feel like I was their only patient. If I had any question or concern, they were on top of it ensuring my piece of mind. I am very pleased with the surgery's outcome and if needed I would choose to have it again and I greatly appreciate the concern from Dr. Kandil and his staff.
Jamie Runyan's Story
Last January, I went to a specialist for ear trouble, but the focus soon turned to the large lump on my neck. My family doctor had told me I had two nodules on my thyroid, but not to worry. I should have worried. After meeting with Dr. Emad Kandil, Assistant Professor of Surgery and Chief of Endocrine Surgery at Tulane Medical Center, I knew I was in the right place. He had the knowledge, the expertise and resources available to treat whatever was found.
After Dr. Kandil reviewed my past records and examined me, I left his office with the words biopsy, tumors, cancer, surgery and robot swirling around in my head. How was I going to tell my family this news? They had gone through so much with my ongoing seizure disorder, a possible cancer scare would be too much. I didn't give cancer an option to exist. I just blocked it from my head until the biopsy. Even then, I didn't allow any thoughts of this possibility not at age 32. I had struggled enough in my life and I wasn't going to let cancer in and have to fight that too.
The biopsies came back benign, but the two large nodules had to come out due to their abnormally large size. Surgery was a must, but by robot? What's the big deal about the regular way of having thyroid surgery, is the throat scar really that bad? I immediately researched on the Internet and was shocked by the nasty scar it leaves even in today's medical world.
I was a college soccer player and know about bumps & bruises, I know scraps & scabs, I had 3 knee surgeries and know scars, but this thyroid neck scar is very apparent and can not be concealed, it is life-changing. I finally understood why this robot was so revolutionary and my doctor was an expert on it.
Out of all the doctors I could have gone to, I found him.
A few weeks after my biopsy, I was in surgery with the da Vinci robot, it was a great success. Both nodules were removed along with a portion of my thyroid. I spent one night in the hospital as a precautionary measure, the incision was very small, recovery time was very short, I was up & about in a couple of days. The scar is in the crease of my upper arm towards the armpit and is almost invisible. I have to point it out to people when they ask to see it.
Unfortunately, I would use the da Vinci robot again. Four months later, my mother looked at me and told me she saw a lump on my throat. Here we go again, I thought, and I was right. I had rapidly growing tumors growing on my thyroid and from the biopsy they couldn't be ruled out as being cancerous. The game plan was to remove the remaining portion of the thyroid and go on replacement therapy.
Again, the robot was a total success. It was minimally invasive resulting in a smaller incision under the arm, less pain and quicker healing time. I was on my feet in a day with no pain. The robot has saved me from two nasty neck incisions with considerable healing time not to mention the cosmetic factor that has been avoided. It's an amazing invention changing lives everyday.
Robotic Gynecological Procedures
Leslie Kardos, MD
Leslie Kardos, MD
Training and Experience
A native San Franciscan, Dr. Leslie Kardos has practiced Obstetrics and Gynecology for fifteen years. She completed her undergraduate degree in French and Physiology at UC Berkeley. She then moved to Boston and received her MD from Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Kardos did her residency training at Harbor UCLA Medical Center. During this time she completed a course in advanced laparoscopy and was appointed administrative chief resident.
Dr Kardos has become one of the leading gynecological surgeons in the Bay Area. She specializes in advanced laparoscopy and robotic surgery. Her goal is to offer minimally invasive surgery whenever possible.
Teaching and Instruction of other Doctors
Dr. Leslie Kardos is a clinical instructor at UCSF Medical School where she is involved in teaching students and residents. She is Chief of Gynecology and Director of Gynecologic Robotic Surgery at California Pacific Medical Center. She serves on the Medical Executive Committee and the New Technology Committee.
Current Offices Held and Titles Dr. Kardos is an official proctor for Intuitive Surgical da Vinci minimally invasive robotic procedures. This means she has done more procedures than the majority of surgeons and other surgeons refer patients to her, ask her to help them do the procedure or teach them how to do the procedure in their own hospitals. She is a member of S.F. Gyn Society, the S.F. Medical Society and The Society for Laparoscopic Surgeons.
Family and Interests Leslie is the mother of two girls. She enjoys dancing, skiing, jewlery making and is fluent in French and Spanish.
Dr. Leslie Kardos Patient Testimonial: By D R on Aug 22, 2011
Dr. Leslie Kardos performed a robotic myomectomy on me in 2007 with great success. I consulted with several top surgeons in the Bay Area, and Dr. Kardos was the only one who could perform the surgery laparoscopically. I had excellent results from the surgery, with no complications. I highly recommend Dr. Kardos for minimally invasive myomectomies.
Top Qualities: Great Results, Personable, Expert.
Dr. Sandra Rivard
is a native of Québec, Canada. She received her B.S. in Health Sciences from le CEGEP de Trois-Rivières and her M.D. degree from L'Université de Sherbrooke. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Le Centre Universitaire de Santé de l’Estrie.
Dr. Rivard is Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology from The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
Dr. Rivard has been an advocate of minimally invasive surgery for over 15 years. As a skilled laparoscopist, hysteroscopist and vaginal surgeon, she has witnessed the benefits of minimally invasive surgery for her patients over the years.
Now with an expertise in Robotic Assisted Surgery, Dr. Rivard is offering minimally invasive surgery with increased precision and an even faster recovery.
Her other professional interests include fertility evaluation and treatment, tubal reanastomosis (after tubal sterilization) and endometrial ablation........continue reading
"I recommend that any woman who has the option of robotic surgery, as opposed to the traditional laparotomy, choose the robotic surgery. The recovery time is shortened in half. Secondly, there is less scarring and the pain and discomfort are minimal. If you face this decision and have never had the option to have children, this is the only solution. Dr. Rivard and her staff are GREAT!! She is a doctor who is concerned about her patients throughout the entire process. I would make the same choice again. Thank you Dr. Rivard and Staff."
"I want to inform other women and especially African American Women that you may have other options if your physician has recommended a hysterectomy.
I was facing a third surgery and bladder problems due to large fibroids. After talking with Dr. Rivard; we decided Robotic surgery would be a good option for me.
I was very nervous about having the hysterectomy. I imagined my recovery would be similar to my first fibroid surgery 10 years ago. I expected to have soreness, abdominal pain, possible damage to my bladder, and at least six weeks of recovery. Fortunately, I had none of the symptoms that I experienced 10 years earlier after my robotic assist Hysterectomy. I had minimal discomfort, mostly tenderness at the incision site and I went home the next day.
One week after surgery, I went back to work on a part time basis and after two weeks, resumed most of my daily activities. I recommend to women who are facing a hysterectomy to explore the Robotic Assist option."
About Chronic Pelvic Pain.....
"I was very impressed with my robotic surgery and how well I recovered. When Dr. Rivard said in just a few days I would feel okay I thought no way. But guess what, I was. I feel the best I’ve had in years and in 2 weeks I was healed and ready to return to work. The surgery was the best thing I did for myself in a while and I have had no more pain."
- Charlene S.
"In September of 2007, I underwent a hysterectomy. Dr. Rivard informed me of a new procedure using a robotic machine. I would be the first woman in Guilford County to have this done. Because of the size of my uterus my only other option was to have a traditional hysterectomy with a large abdominal incision. As it was, I awoke with only 5 small incisions. After one night in the hospital, I was released to go home and rest. Eight days after surgery I was on a plane to a conference I had to attend for work. I was amazed at my quick recovery and my ability to return to work in just over a week’s time. Dr. Rivard and her staff were wonderful and I felt extremely well cared for throughout my stay. If robotic surgery is available to you, I strongly encourage you to consider it. I have my life back now and because of the robotic surgery program the path was very smooth and easy."
Cardiothoracic Robotic Surgery
James Hemp M.D.
James Hemp M.D.
joined Scripps Clinic, San Diego in July of 2003 and is board certified in both cardiothoracic and vascular surgery. He also serves as cardiothoracic surgeon with the Scripps Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgery Program. He received his medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland and his undergraduate degree in biochemistry from the University of California, Davis.
Dr. Hemp completed both a general surgery internship and residency at the Naval Hospital in Oakland, California. This was followed by a thoracic surgery residency and a fellowship in vascular surgery at Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago. Dr. Hemp joined the United States Navy in 1979 and retired as a Captain in 2003. He was the Chairman of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery and the Director of Surgical Services at the Naval Medical Center prior to joining Scripps Clinic.
Daniel P. O'Hair, MD
Dr. Daniel O'Hair
serves as director of the Surgical Robotics Program at Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center. His interest in robotic surgery stems in large part from the technology's ability to minimize pain to the patient and dramatically reduce recovery times. Through Dr. O'Hair's leadership in robotic-assisted surgery, Aurora St. Luke's has become the 7th largest robotic heart center in the world. A ranking that the medical center has held since 2001. Dr. O'Hair also is trained in the leading-edge non-invasive technology of CyberKnife, an image-guided radiosurgery procedure used to treat lung and other chest cancers.
An assistant clinical professor of surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Dr. O'Hair has published widely in professional journals on subjects as diverse as mechanical valve performance, to sleep deprivation and surgical resident performance. Dr. O'Hair and his family live in the Milwaukee area.....read more
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