Cleveland Clinic is the first hospital in the United States to perform surgeries using the Single Port SP Robot.
On September 28th, Cleveland Clinic surgeon Dr. Jihad Kaouk and his team used the SP Robot to perform three surgeries: a couple to remove cancerous prostates and to remove an enlarged prostate blocking the urinary system through the bladder, according to a press release published on their Newsroom.
“We anticipate that this new generation of robots will allow for new and different routes of surgeries that haven’t previously been possible,” said Dr. Kaouk.
How does the Single Port SP Robot work?
The Single Port SP Robot allows doctors to perform prostate surgery through a patient’s perineum instead of their belly while avoiding the bowel.
Also, the medical device can “work through the retroperitoneal space to perform kidney surgery without entering the abdomen, allowing for quicker recovery time.”
The device inserts all surgical instruments through one small abdominal incision, improving surgical outcomes and allowing quicker patient recovery.
Cleveland Clinic’s Newsroom also mentioned that the new purpose-built robotic SP system would allow the single port approach to be more feasible.
About Dr. Jihad Kaokuk
Dr. Jihad Kaouk is a urologist affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Cleveland Clinic and Cleveland Clinic Fairview Hospital.
He received his medical degree from American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years. The medical expert is one of 37 doctors who specialize in Urology at Cleveland Clinic Fairview Hospital.
According to the U.S. News and World Report, Cleveland Clinic holds the No. 1 ranked urology program in the United States. Currently, the SP Robot is only FDA-approved for urologic surgeries.
“We are proud to offer this surgical approach and be on the forefront of surgical innovation,” said Mark A. Taylor, M.D., chairman of Surgical Operations, Cleveland Clinic.