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Yesterday, Ingolf Tuerk, MD, and his team completed their 1,000th robotic-assisted prostatectomy at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center. Tuerk, chief of Urology, director of the Robotic-assisted Surgery Program at St. Elizabeth’s and professor of Urology at Tufts University School of Medicine, reached this milestone in just three years at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, making him and his team the most prolific team who uses the da Vinci Surgical System in New England.
“St. Elizabeth’s is quite proud of Dr. Tuerk and his team for ensuring shorter hospital stays, less blood loss and less pain for 1,000 patients and families,” said John Polanowicz, president of St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center. “Thanks to the dedication of this team, our expertise, experience and excellent outcomes in robotic-assisted prostatectomies is unmatched.”
Patients who undergo robotic-assisted prostatectomies with the da Vinci Surgical System experience less pain, less blood loss, fewer incisions and fewer complications when compared to open surgery or traditional laparoscopic surgery, according to many studies. Additionally, patients have shorter hospital stays and resume normal activities much faster with robotic-assisted prostatectomies when compared to traditional open or laparoscopic procedures.
“Men diagnosed with prostate cancer have choices of treatment, and clearly they are choosing St. Elizabeth’s and robotic-assisted prostatectomy because of all the benefits that come with this minimally invasive approach,” Tuerk said. Tuerk has completed more than 3,000 prostatectomies during his career, including several hundred traditional open procedures and laparoscopic procedures.
St. Elizabeth’s recently purchased the da Vinci Si Dual Console Surgical System, which Tuerk used to complete this milestone procedure. This new system expands the surgeon’s capabilities, enabling increased dexterity and sharpened precision for improved surgical performance. The second console allows another surgeon or surgeon in-training to participate in cases under the direction of Tuerk, one of the world’s leading robotic surgeons.
With two active da Vinci Surgical Systems, surgeons at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center have mastered this minimally invasive surgical procedure to provide patients with minimally invasive robotic surgeries for urologic, gynecologic and cardiothoracic procedures.
About St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center
St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, a Thompson Reuters Top 100 Hospital, is a major academic medical center affiliated with Tufts University School of Medicine. Areas of medical excellence include cardiology, neurosciences, bariatric surgery, women’s health, high-risk obstetrics, bone and joint health, hematology/oncology, pulmonary medicine and emergency medicine. St. Elizabeth’s is a member of Steward Health Care, which is the second largest health care system in New England. Visit St. Elizabeth’s online at StewardStElizabeths.org.
About Steward Health Care
Steward Health Care is the largest fully integrated community care organization and community hospital network in New England. Headquartered in Boston, Steward is the third largest employer in Massachusetts with more than 17,000 employees serving more than one million patients annually in 85 communities. Hospitals in the system include Saint Anne’s in Fall River, Holy Family Hospital in Methuen, St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Brighton, Norwood Hospital, Carney Hospital in Dorchester, Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton, Nashoba Valley Medical Center in Ayer, Merrimack Valley Hospital in Haverhill, Morton Hospital and Medical Center in Taunton and Quincy Medical Center. Other Steward Health Care entities include Steward Medical Group, Steward Hospice and Home Care, Laboure College, and Por Cristo. Further information is available at www.steward.org.