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What Led A Houston Surgeon To Use A Robot, Not A Scalpel, On Men With Prostate Cancer

“I took a lot of abuse,” says a Houston surgeon who started using robots to assist in prostate surgery back in 2002 when such surgery was rare. Now, he’s done over 3,000.

Dr. Brian Miles talks with Adam Newar

Prostate cancer is a leading cause of death for men. But in Houston, one surgeon was an early-adopter of using robots to make surgery — if needed — far less invasive than traditional “open” surgery. 

Dr. Brian Miles, Medical Director of Robotic Surgery at Houston Methodist, said initially there was pushback from the medical establishment. But despite that, “patients wanted it,” he said. “Patients sought me out, sought the procedure out. Now, nobody gets it done open anymore.”

Listen to the full interview in the audio below:

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Dave Fehling

Dave Fehling

Director of News and Public Affairs

As Director of News and Public Affairs, Dave Fehling manages the radio news operation at Houston's NPR station. Previously, he was a reporter at the station, covering the oil & gas industry and its impact on the environment. He won top state honors for in-depth and investigative reporting as well...

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