Robotic surgery expert, a real believer by Dr. Iraniha
It has been many years since I started robotic surgery and now after performing many robotic procedures, I have decided to share my experience and vision in regards to this approach with my patients and colleagues. I have been doing minimally invasive surgery for more than sixteen years and up to four years ago I was extremely comfortable with the laparoscopic surgery technique and did not feel a need to change my practice or the way I performed my surgeries. In fact I was extremely skeptical towards the robotic surgery and saw no reason to apply this technology since I was very successful with laparoscopic surgery technology at that time. Of course even then I knew the limitations of laparoscopic approach, especially in performing more complex procedures and tasks, but it never occurred to me that robotic platform may have the potential to resolve those limitations. Until one day when I sat down behind the console of a robot and realized the potential of the wristed instrumentations and enhanced visualization of the robotic platform. It was an amazing experience to feel more powerful and capable behind the console as a surgeon and be able to perform even more complex surgical tasks with ease and safety. Initially I had to go through so many obstacles including learning curve for me and my staff, length of surgery, adapting to the new way of performing the procedures and standardizing the steps, patient selection and uncertainty in regards to the outcomes and results. But my perseverance allowed me to overcome those issues and after four years, now I am a real believer of robotic surgery platform as a revolutionary approach to surgical problems. In 1985 when the first laparoscopic cholecystectomy was performed it started a revolution in surgery and changed the way we approached the surgical problems. Over last thirty years and after overcoming so many roadblocks, laparoscopic approach has strongly demonstrated the ability to save so many lives by decreasing the morbidity and mortality and improving patient`s quality of life by decreasing their pain, hospital stay and recovery time. In my opinion, robotic surgery is another revolution in the surgical history. Robotic platform, not only has eliminated the inherent limitations of laparoscopic technology in regards to instrumentation and visualization but also has opened an unlimited horizon for advancement in surgical technology.
How I become a Robotic Surgery Expert
Since four years ago, I have closely witnessed the amazing effect of this approach in my patients` outcomes. Robotic platform has allowed me to perform the difficult surgical tasks with ease, more precision and less trauma. These benefits have translated into less post-operative pain and faster recovery for my patients. I have been able to perform the procedures that normally would have been extremely difficult or sometimes even impossible to carry out with laparoscopic technique with robotic platform. This has allowed me to offer the minimally invasive surgery to more patients in my practice with even more complex surgical problems like hernia repairs. Robotic surgery also has changed my view and perspective towards the different types of hernia surgery defects and how we should repair them. Robotic surgery is an amazing surgical approach to minimize the trauma of the surgery and improve patients` outcomes, but it requires special expertise and needs to be done with a robotic surgery expert. Now in my practice, I do perform the majority of patients with inguinal and ventral hernias with robotic approach. This approach has been associated with less post-operative pain and faster recovery in my patients even more significant than laparoscopic technique.
The Factors of a Robotic Surgery Expert
To get to this expertise, the surgeon needs to believe in real benefits of robotic approach and dedicates his or her time and effort to practice and perform more robotic operations to overcome the obstacles and pass the learning curve. These type of surgeries need to be perform by a robotic surgery expert, however the transition from an open or laparoscopic surgeon to a robotic surgery expert may not be as easy for everyone and just as a laparoscopic expert, a robotic surgery expert needs to have the “X factor” which would separate the “Good” from the Expert robotic surgeon. The “X factor” is multifaceted and is related to the surgeons` “hand-eye-video” coordination, their understanding of the anatomy while they are behind the console, their ability to maximize the use of robotic platform including the instrumentation and other benefits during the robotic surgery, their knowledge of the potential complications and problems that might occur during robotic surgery and ability to solve them, their extraordinary leadership in the operating room even away from the patient while they are behind the console and their belief and perseverance in performing robotic surgery. For some surgeons these abilities come more naturally and faster than others but overall it requires desire, effort and practice. I am extremely happy that I chose to start robotic surgery and I am so excited and extremely grateful to be a part of this remarkable surgical endeavor. If you are looking for a Robotic Surgery Expert contact Dr. Iraniha for same or next day surgery appointment.