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UW Health Surgeon Pioneers New Prostate Surgery in the State

CONTACT: Lisa Brunette
(608) 263-5830
Date sent: January 13, 2002

MADISON — UW Health physicians today successfully completed a new prostate cancer surgery designed to speed recovery and minimize pain. Using the technique, laparoscopic radical prostatectomy, surgeons are able to remove a cancerous prostate gland with five small abdominal incisions instead of open surgery.

David Coon, 52, of Port Edwards, underwent the state’s first successful procedure early today (Monday, January 13, 2003) at William S. Middleton Memorial Hospital, Madison. The surgical team, led by UW Health urologist Timothy Moon, MD, used a sophisticated computer system to maneuver surgical tools held by robotic arms to remove the prostate and surrounding tissue.

Only a limited number of medical centers in the US offer this option, which promises a quicker recovery, less pain and a shorter hospital stay.
“Because it is minimally invasive, and allows patients a more rapid return to normal activities, the laparoscopic operation holds great promise for appropriate patients, “ said Stephen Nakada, MD, chair of urology at UW Hospital and Clinics.

Nationally, prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in men, and its incidence is rising, particularly in Wisconsin. A recent report by the National Cancer Institute showed the incidence rate in the state is 161.2 per 100,000. Previous studies had put the rate at 138 per 100,000. Last year UW Hospital and Clinics surgeons performed 114 traditional radical prostatectomies. Copyright © 2017 The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System