Urologic Robotic Surgery.
Article Type: Book review
Subject: Books (Book reviews)
Author: Cornish, Stephen M.
Pub Date: 08/01/2008
Publication: Name: South African Journal of Surgery Publisher: South African Medical Association Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2008 South African Medical Association ISSN: 0038-2361
Issue: Date: August, 2008 Source Volume: 46 Source Issue: 3
Topic: NamedWork: Urologic Robotic Surgery (Nonfiction work)
Persons: Reviewee: Stock, Jeffrey A.; Esposito, Michael P.; Lanteri, Vincent J.
Accession Number: 204550614
Full Text: Urologic Robotic Surgery. Ed. by Jeffrey A. Stock, Michael P. Esposito and Vincent J. Lanteri. Humana Press, 2008. $169. ISBN 978-1-603-29615-3

This book is an ideal introduction to robotic surgery for the urologist. Robotic surgery is the way of the future for surgery in the 21st century. It allows great precision in surgical technique, as well as enabling the surgeon to reach areas not easily accessible with open surgery. Robotics will allow surgeons to operate on patients in remote areas, even outer space!

The book is aimed at surgeons wishing to become acquainted with the technique and at surgeons starting out on their robotic career. It covers all the major areas of urological surgery that are amenable to robotic surgery. It includes the history of robotics, gives advice on starting and running a robotic unit, and goes into detail about the various procedures such as nephrectomy and prostatectomy. Comparisons are made with open and laparoscopic surgery so that one can see the advantages of taking up this surgical methodology as well as the possible pitfalls.

The robotic technique has a shorter learning curve than traditional laparoscopic methods because of three-dimensional vision, greater degrees of movement, and not having to learn each hand manipulation in reverse, so the concept should become popular if the equipment is made available.

The book is lavishly illustrated and written an easy-to-read format. I did not find it difficult to read it from cover to cover in an evening. It comes with an excellent CD that shows in detail how the various procedures are executed.

In South Africa urology has been excluded from this fascinating field. It has long been a Cinderella specialty, and in the teaching departments no money has been ploughed into training urologists in this vital arena. It is to be hoped that this book will stimulate the novice urologist to apply for a fellowship overseas and bring back essential skills to keep South African urology at the forefront of cutting edge medicine.
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