Liberty Hospital
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January 25, 2012
Contact Name: Matt Smithmier
Contact Email: matt.smithmier@libertyhospital.org
Contact Phone: 816-407-2317
Surgeon removes 200th prostate using robot
When it comes to surgery, experience is important. No one knows that better than Justin Albani, MD, a urologist with Liberty Hospital who just performed his 200th robotic prostatectomy on Jan. 20 using the hospitalís da Vinci robotic surgical system.

The procedure, the surgical removal of the prostate, is a minimally invasive approach using the latest in surgical and robotics technologies, which is ideal for delicate urologic surgery. The da Vinci system enables surgeons to perform even the most complex and delicate procedures through very small incisions with unmatched precision.

For the patient, benefits may include significantly less pain, less blood loss, less scarring, shorter recovery time, and a faster return to normal daily activities.

Liberty Hospital originally purchased its first da Vinci robotic surgery system in 2006 and welcomed the newest version of the system on Aug. 31, 2011.

Since the first systemís arrival, Liberty Hospital has expanded its use to not only include procedures in urology (prostatectomies, partial nephrectomies, radical nephrectomies, etc.) but also gynecology (hysterectomies, sacralcolpopexies, myomectomies, etc.). And the new system has the potential to expand into even more surgical areas in the future, including general surgery, cardiology and otolaryngology as well as fluorescence imaging, which is useful in cancer control and vessel awareness.

Intuitive Surgical Inc., maker of the da Vinci system, estimates that now 86 percent of all prostatectomies are performed using the da Vinci robotic system.

Liberty Hospital is a 250-bed regional medical center serving Clay and Platte counties as well as the northwest Missouri corridor. Founded in 1974, Liberty Hospital is a public, not-for-profit hospital, created for the benefit of its community as a political subdivision district hospital under Chapter 206 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri. It is governed by a six-member, publicly elected board of trustees who serve six-year terms. More than 1,900 employees and 300 physicians deliver compassionate, exceptional care using the latest technology and a full range of services. For more information, visit www.libertyhospital.org or call 816-781-7200.

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