Dr. Mike Janicek Reaches Robotic Surgery Milestone with 1,000th Procedure


PHOENIX (March 1, 2013) – Dr. Mike Janicek, a gynecologic oncologist with Arizona Oncology, completed his 1,000th robotic surgical procedure on Feb. 7 at Scottsdale Healthcare Thompson Peak Hospital, making him one of the most practiced and expert robotic surgical oncologists in the southwest.

Patients in need of hysterectomies due to cancerous conditions, such as cervical, ovarian or endometrial cancer, have sought Dr. Janicek’s expertise over the years. He is considered an expert on cervical cancer and human pampilloma virus, which can cause cancer.

To perform these highly advanced surgeries, Dr. Janicek utilizes the da Vinci Surgical System. The system, valued at $1.6 million, allows for magnified, 3D viewing and fine-tuned manipulation of tissues. This means surgeons can control the smallest of blood vessels to limit bleeding and reduce the risks of surgery. Magnification is up to 10 times that of the human eye, and the scaling down of motions allows for the finest of manipulations beyond the capabilities of the human hand.

“You have to see and feel it to believe it, said Dr. Janicek. “Robotic surgery means recovery time is reduced by 50 to 75 percent.”

Other benefits of robotic surgery to the patient include less pain, fewer complications, less blood loss, low risk of wound infection and far smaller incisions of only one to two centimeters.

“There’s a certain elegance to robotic technology. I’m not a musically inclined person, but the fluid, sweeping motions of the controls remind me of directing an orchestra with precise movements,” said Dr. Janicek. “In addition, the robotic platform allows for an ergonomic, comfortable position that virtually eliminates surgeon back strain and fatigue.”

The majority of Dr. Janicek’s procedures have been performed at Scottsdale Healthcare’s Thompson Peak Hospital and Shea Medical Center. “The generosity of donors contributing to the Scottsdale Healthcare Foundation has enabled me to extend my robotic offerings to more patients,” said Dr. Janicek.

All Arizona Oncology gynecological oncologists perform surgeries on the da Vinci system. In Phoenix, those doctors include Dr. Matthew Borst, Dr. Snehal Bhoola, Dr. Shana Wingo and Dr. Donna Smith.

Dr. Janicek and Dr. Smith practice at Scottsdale Gynecologic Oncology, 10197 N. 92nd St., Ste. 101 in Scottsdale. Dr. Smith also practices at the Biltmore Cancer Center, 2222 E. Highland Ave., Ste. 400 in Phoenix, as do Drs. Borst and Wingo. In April, Dr. Wingo will be located at Arizona Oncology’s Deer Valley office, 19646 N. 27th Ave., Ste. 406, in Phoenix. 

Dr. Bhoola works from two locations – the Biltmore Cancer Center, as well as Arizona Oncology’s newly opened Gynecologic Oncology office in Chandler, located at 1445 W. Chandler Blvd., building A, Ste. 5.

Dr. Janicek received his medical degree at Harvard Medical School and completed his residency at Johns Hopkins University. He is the medical director of gynecological oncology at Scottsdale Healthcare Medical Center and of the Genetic Risk Assessment Program at the Virginia Piper Cancer Center at Scottsdale Healthcare. He was voted a Top Doc in Phoenix Magazine, and has published research and lectures on hereditary cancer syndromes. For more information about Arizona Oncology, please visit www.ArizonaOncology.com. To learn more about da Vinci, visit www.davincisurgery.com.

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