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Dr. Bradley Bell, a clinical associate professor at the University of Louisville and a urologist at Louisville’s First Urology, which he joined in 2000, Bell uses a minimally invasive technique to treat kidney cancer via high-tech da Vinci Surgical System equipment for robotic surgery. He uses the equipment with a surgical technique that lets him minimize damage to the kidney because he doesn’t have to cut off the blood supply – a realization he achieved through trial that went against the common practice of using clamps to stop the blood flow. It’s a technique he has used to remove more than 400 kidney tumors in the past 10 years, he said. It’s helped him achieve a near-perfect cure rate without having to remove the organ, he said.
With the da Vinci robotic surgery equipment, “we can see everything magnified 10 times and can see everything three-dimensionally during the procedure,” said Bell. That lets him cut out the tumor laproscopically, inserting tiny instruments without having to make a big cut. Bell often performs the procedures using the da Vinci Surgical System at Norton Healthcare Inc. or Baptist Healthcare System Inc. facilities. The machine costs more than $2 million, he said.
But that cost, when paired with his surgical technique, comes with a lot of benefits for the patient, he said. There’s less blood loss and, because he can see the tumor close up, he can cut it out without having to remove much – if any – of the surrounding healthy tissue. That has the added benefit of reducing patients’ post-operation hospital stay for recovery and gives them better return of function, he said. But the best thing, he said, is that he can tell almost instantly whether he has removed all of the cancer. We hope to cure patients with this treatment alone,” he said. And so far, he’s done that about 90% to 95% of the time, he said.
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