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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.

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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.”

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