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Orthopedic surgeons are using a new tool at Upstate University Hospital which helps them precisely install replacement parts for hips and knees.

“This robotic arm is connected to a series of computers that allows the machine to recognize where, in a three-dimensional space, the tip of that arm is located,” describes Dr. Robert Sherman.

Also this week: Ray Straub and the American Cancer Society’s Jason Warchal discuss the Men to Men prostate cancer support group, and editor Deirdre Neilen presents the 14th annual issue of the Healing Muse, Upstate’s literary journal.

This week: mastectomy -- one procedure, various approaches

May 15, 2014

We'll hear from a surgeon at Upstate Medical University, Dr. Prashant Upadhyaya, with expertise in plastic surgery and breast care. Upadhyaya explains the various surgical techniques and the options available to women, like having breast reconstruction surgery as part of a mastectomy.

"A lot of patients now actually wake up with their breast intact," says Dr. Upadhyaya.

Also on the program this week: an update on a new cystic fibrosis drug. Plus, food safety advice for mothers-to-be.

The use of surgical robots has increased by more than 400 percent in the United States over the past six years. But a recent study published in the Journal for Healthcare Quality suggests that there’s underreporting of complications resulting from robotic surgeries.

Robot-assisted surgery is a minimally-invasive method in which a small incision allows remote-controlled instruments to be inserted into the body. The instruments are then controlled during the procedure by the surgeon using a console.