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Why More Men are Choosing Robot-Assisted Radical Prostatectomy

Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer in men in the United States and surgery is becoming the standard treatment after discovering a significant increase in survival rates.

Men with prostate cancer in the United States are typically being treated through open radical prostatectomy. In this procedure, the prostate gland and some of the tissue around it are removed by making a small incision to reach the said gland and tissue using scalpel, one of the common hospital medical equipment used by surgeons. Incision is made either in the lower belly or in the perineum, depending on the case of the patient.

Aside from open radical surgery, another type of operation performed by surgeons to treat prostate cancer patient is laparoscopic surgery. In this type of surgery, the doctor makes a number of incisions in the belly. Aside from the typical surgical instruments for making incision as well as for grasping and removing the tissue and gland, a lighted viewing instrument called laparoscope is also used. This laparoscope is also part of the common hospital medical equipment being used by surgeons during emergency operation.

Laparoscopic radical prostatectomy is normally performed by surgeon by hand. However, with the innovations made in surgical instruments, robot-assisted surgery for prostate cancer is now becoming more common and far more successful than typical radical prostatectomy. This is according to the recently revealed study of a new Henry Ford Hospital, which was first published in the medical journal named European Urology.

According to the said study, the main reason for choosing robot-assisted radical prostatectomy over other procedures is that it provides superior results such as:

1. Less need or do not require blood transfusion since procedure is minimally invasive and has only minimal blood loss.

2. Shorter hospital stay because the procedure is less complicated and less pain so the patients can recover quickly and return to normal activities.

3. Patients has lower risks for perioperative complications.

4. Lower risk of wound infections because only small incisions are made.

5. Patients who underwent robot-assisted radical prostatectomy are found to immediately return to full urinary continence within six months

Tattoo-Inspired Device for Monitoring Vital Signs

Getting inked or having a tattoo is just one form of body modifications. It is already a fad nowadays among both the young and the old. Having ink inserted into the dermis layer of the skin using a needle is for sure a painful procedure.

A lot of people might not understand why some are willing to go through to this painstaking sensation. But for some people who drive to get tattoos, they say that it is merely one way of expressing their love for beauty, art, or fashion. Others may associate deeper meanings to the images and text they choose to engrave on their body like signal group affiliation and commitment, spirituality and cultural tradition, individuality, etc.  

Because of the tattoo’s popularity nowadays, modern medicine likewise invented a medical instrument that comes in a form of temporary tattoo. The so called tiny electronic sensor used to monitor vital signs was recently featured in Time Healthland.  This new diagnostic tool is made from water-soluble plastic and was invented by Science Team of University of Illinois headed by Todd Coleman (electrical and computer engineer). This tiny electronic medical device, which is simply mounted on the skin with water and appears like an ultrathin tattoo patch, is said to be a good alternative for EEG or EMG sensors. It can track the activities of the body nerves and muscles, which determines the person’s vital signs.  

The said sensor for monitoring vital signs is much less bulky at the same time does not need tape or gel or wires, making it much more comfortable for patient. It is also claimed that this diagnostic tool is much better than conventional hospital medical equipment.

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