Questions to Ask Your Doctor about Robotic Surgery

Surgical procedures have come a long way. Today surgery can be done with much more precision. Through robotic surgery, surgeons are now able to reach small areas and increase their visual field. Through robotic arms, the surgery itself is clean and precise. If you have been diagnosed with a colon condition such as: colon cancer, diverticulitis, IBS or Crohn’s disease, your doctor might recommend surgery. Surgery to remove all or part of the colon is called a colectomy. Minimally invasive surgery using the daVinci robotic system can be an option for these conditions. Here are some questions to ask your doctor before undergoing robotic surgery.

Is Robotic Surgery the Right Choice for My Surgery?

Not all surgical procedures can even be performed through this cutting edge method. Depending on the condition that you have and the procedure that you need to undergo, it may or may not be an option for you. You will need to talk to your doctor to determine if this is the right choice for you.

Are There Reasons Why the Procedure May Not be the Best Choice?

Even if you can undergo robotic surgery, you will need to understand that there may be reasons why it is not the best option. You could have some type of underlying medical conditions. There may be specific things that you and your doctor need to discuss. Be sure to understand what those things are to determine if you still want to undergo robotic surgery.

What Types of Risks are There with Robotic Surgery?

Of course, there are always risks to any type of surgical procedure. You need to understand those risks well before you decide to proceed. Talk to your doctor about the specific risks that may come along with robotic surgery as compared to the risks that come with other treatment options you may have.

What Type of Recovery Time Can I Expect from Robotic Procedures?

Often, the recovery time from a robotic surgery will be much shorter than other procedures, but this can depend immensely on the type of procedure you are undergoing. Be sure to discuss the recovery time you can expect from robotic surgery as opposed to other types of treatments.

How Long Will the Procedure Itself Take?

Robotic surgeries involve different time frames, when compared to other types of treatment and procedures. Be sure to discuss the robotic procedure with your doctor and the time frames of it or any other surgical procedure you could consider for your condition.

Anytime you need to have a surgical procedure performed, you will need to ask all of the right questions. If you have the option of a robotic procedure make sure you as the right questions beforehand to make sure it’s the right option for you. Our colorectal specialists provide treatment for colon cancer ,rectal cancer, anal cancer, hemorrhoids and other colorectal conditions, Contact our office at (404)-351-7900 if you have any questions.