Frequently Asked Questions
Dr. Arif Ahmad is the leading surgeon in Long Island offering robotic-assisted surgeries. This type of procedure is an innovative surgical approach that has been gaining attention throughout the medical community in recent years. Because of the benefits of robotic surgery, many surgeons are offering this approach to provide effective, safe surgical procedures to patients with reduced risk of complication and improved outcomes. However, because robotic surgery is still relatively new, many patients have lots of questions about robotic surgery and what it means for them as patients. These robotic surgery FAQs can help you understand robotic surgery, the role of the robotic surgeon, and what you can expect if your surgery is completed as a robotic surgery.
Robotic surgery is an innovative approach to surgical procedures. In this approach, which builds on laparoscopic surgical techniques, the surgical tools are attached to robotic arms instead of being held in the surgeon's hands. The purpose of this approach is to increase the level of precision of movement of the surgical tools during the surgical procedures. This is especially beneficial for surgical procedures in small areas in the body or where delicate work must be completed for the procedure to be successful. However, these are not requirements for completing a surgical procedure using robotic arms.
Since robotic surgery uses laparoscopic techniques, the completion of robotic surgery is similar to laparoscopic surgery. The surgeon manipulates the robotic arms to make a small incision in the abdomen. The robotic arms hold the tools needed to complete the surgery. Once the procedure is complete, the small incisions are closed by the surgeon and the patient moves to recovery. Overall, the process for robotic surgery is the same as laparoscopic surgery. The only difference is the use of the robotic arms to hold the surgical instruments during the procedure.
There are a number of benefits associated with robotic surgery, especially in comparison to traditional surgical procedures. Some of these benefits include:
There may be additional benefits depending on the type of surgery and other factors.
- Less blood loss during the surgical procedure
- Shorter hospital stay
- Shorter recovery time
- Reduced risk of complications, such as infection
- Minimal scarring
- Less pain and reduced need for pain medication
Any surgical procedure has potential risks or potential complications. The same is true with robotic surgery. As with other types of surgery, you may have complications during the procedure, which may require intervention while you are under anesthesia. In addition, even minimally invasive surgical procedures have risks afterward, such as infection, the need for further surgeries, or other complications. These complications are often the result of many factors, such as your overall health, the type of procedure being done, and how well the recovery process goes afterward. Your robotic surgeon will discuss these risks with you prior to your robotic surgery so you know the potential risks.
There are many types of surgical procedures that can be done through robotic surgery. Many of these procedures are also minimally invasive because they can be completed laparoscopically. This includes gynecologic procedures, kidney surgery, prostate surgery, and gallbladder surgery, among others. The types of procedures that can be completed through robotic surgery depends on the training of the robotic surgeon at the facility, as well.
While many patients are good candidates for robotic surgery, there are a number of factors that determine whether or not your surgery can be completed through robotic surgery. Two major factors that can influence the decision are the patient's ability to tolerate the inflation of the abdomen with carbon dioxide and the ability of the patient to tolerate the body positioning necessary for the procedure. It is essential for patients to have enough oxygen throughout the procedure. People who smoke, for example, may have high levels of carbon dioxide in the blood, which may prevent the procedure from being completed with the assistance of robotic arms. In addition, since the body must be positioned so that the organs move away from the surgical site, the patient must be able to get enough oxygen in this position. If that cannot be done, robotic surgery would not be the best option.
It is important to note that the robotic arms do not do the surgery. Instead, they act as an extension of the surgeon's hands. During the entire procedure, the robotic surgeon maneuvers the robotic arms and is in complete control. Like a scalpel, the robotic arms are simply a tool the surgeon uses to complete the surgical procedure. The robotic surgeon has control over the surgical instruments through the entire procedure and has the ability to take over with traditional open surgery, if necessary, at any time during the robotic surgery.
Since robotic arms used in robotic surgery are specific tools for the completion of surgery, anyone who uses them must first be adequately trained in how to safely and effectively operate them. Doctors who want to offer robotic surgery go through training with the robotic arms that they will use so they are comfortable with the process and can safely and effectively do what is necessary to complete robotic surgery without putting the patient's health and safety at risk. As with other specialties and the use of different tools, robotic surgeons typically seek certification or credentialing in robotic surgery prior to offering it to their patients. This ensures that robotic surgeons are adequately prepared to use the robotic arms to complete surgical procedures safely.
Robotic surgery is considered minimally invasive surgery because it uses laparoscopic techniques to complete surgical procedures. Because of this, insurance that covers minimally invasive surgical procedures usually include robotic surgery, as well. However, it is important to contact your insurance company to be sure that the procedure is covered prior to completing the surgical procedure. This will ensure that you know what, exactly, is covered by your insurance and what portion, if any, of the procedure you will be responsible for paying afterward.
Because robotic surgery is minimally invasive, many patients have reduced recovery time. However, the recovery time depends largely on the type of procedure completed, the overall health of the patient, and whether any complications occur during or after the robotic surgery. Your robotic surgeon will talk to you about the recovery and healing process before or after your robotic surgery. This will include letting you know about any limitations you will have during recovery and when you can return to work or your normal daily routine.
Through continued research and technology advancements, surgical procedures are becoming easier and safer for patients. The use of robotic arms to complete surgical procedures is an approach that is gaining attention for being minimally invasive, safer, and highly effective for many types of surgeries. By having answers to your questions about robotic surgery, you will have the information you need to decide whether this approach is the best for your surgery.
The best and most innovative approaches to surgical procedures are only part of what makes your robotic surgery successful. It is also important to make sure the robotic surgeon you select is the best for your surgical needs and qualified to complete a robotic surgery.
Dr. Amir Ahmad is highly-qualified as a robotic surgeon and can work with you to complete your robotic surgery successfully and with a minimal risk for complications and problems during and after the surgical procedure. Surgery is not fun, but with Dr. Amir Ahmad as your robotic surgeon, you will be in safe hands for a smooth operation and quick recovery.
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