How to Find an Experienced Robotic Surgeon
Are you facing surgery? If so, ask your doctor if minimally invasive surgery is an option. Assuming it is, here are a few questions to ask before choosing your surgeon.
- What is you experience with robotic surgery? As a patient you should know how long your surgeon has been using this technology and if he or she has used it for your particular procedure.
- How many robotic procedures have you done? The higher the number, the more experienced the surgeon.
- How likely are you to do the entire surgery with the robot? Sometimes surgeons end up having to complete a robotic surgery with an open incision. This is called a "conversion." You should know what your surgeon's "conversion rate" is.
- How soon will I be back to normal? Recovery from a robotic-assisted surgery ranges from 1 to 3 weeks.