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Is the robotic surgery a risky thing to do?

Is the robotic surgery a risky thing to do?

Shouldn't be: It's a good way to provide finesse and precise surgery in the right hands. Pick a well-trained, experienced surgeon and you'll be fine. You don't want to be a resident's first case... ...Read more

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Dr. Loki Skylizard
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Robotic Surgery (Definition)

Davinci robotic surgery is really just a surgeon using extremely technologically advanced surgical equipment. The "robot" doesn't really do surgery, it simply acts as our hands inside the patient. It does allow us to do procedures more easily then without the robot. There are some great you tube videos of how the ...Read more


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Is the refractive surgery a risky thing to do?

Is the refractive surgery a risky thing to do?

No: Unless you are a poor candidate (various reasons). If you have a stable low amount of a simple, regular refractive error with a normal thick cornea and a healthy eye plus informed reasonable expectations, then the risk is small. ...Read more

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Is the pancreaticoduodenectomy a risky thing to do?

Is the pancreaticoduodenectomy a risky thing to do?

Major surgery: "whipple procedure" is major reworking of the plumbing, generally done to treat tumors of head of pancreas, neighboring ampulla of vater (entryway of panc and bile duct into small bowel). This shold be done by a surgeon who does "a lot" of these, in a place where they do "a lot" of these- often a cancer referral center. Can be a lot of perioperative, postoperative complications, longterm problems. ...Read more

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Is the pneumonectomy a risky thing to do?

Is the pneumonectomy a risky thing to do?

Benefit vs risk: A pneumonectomy is a major surgery in which an entire lung is removed. Like any major surgery, there can be complications - some serious. Risks include bleeding, infection, irregular heartbeat, blood clots after surgery, & even a heart attack. However, if you have a serious illness like lung cancer, the benefit to surgery may outweigh the risks. I urge you to discuss concerns w/ your doctor. ...Read more

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Is the adenoidectomy a risky thing to do?

Is the adenoidectomy a risky thing to do?

No: Surgery is always risky.In expert hands adenoidectomy is relatively simple outpatient surgery. ...Read more

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Is the liposuction a risky thing to do?

Is the liposuction a risky thing to do?

Any surg has risks: The benefits of the surgery must be evaluated by you and your physician(s). Every surgery has risks. But a qualified surgeon, qualiied anesthesiologist-nurse anesthetist, nursing staff must be in place before you consider an elective surgery. Most of the time, liposuction surgery goes very well and patients are pleased. The contours of our body may be more to your body shape. Please research. ...Read more

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Is the tonsilectomy a risky thing to do?

Is the tonsilectomy a risky thing to do?

Not usually: Scariest surgical risk is postoperative bleeding. For anesthesia, usually goes fine, though airway surgery always carries risk of obstruction. Anesthesiologists tend to be more nervous with obese people getting tonsillectomy for sleep apnea than with treating chronic tonsillitis. Vomiting very common, though meds have really improved this. ...Read more

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Is the splenectomy a risky thing to do?

Is the splenectomy a risky thing to do?

No: There are open and laparoscopic options for some people who need splenectomy. There are a variety of reasons of blood disorder, some cancers, and sometime traumatic injury that may need splenectomy surgery. Your surgeon would discuss and review specific surgical risks for your own specific situation. ...Read more

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Is the mastectomy a risky thing to do?

Is the mastectomy a risky thing to do?

Yes: Every surgical procedure comes with inherent risks. A patient and a physician must weigh the risks and benefits. Please talk with your physician about the and benefits specific to your case. ...Read more

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Is the radical mastectomy a risky thing to do?

Is the radical mastectomy a risky thing to do?

Yes, but . . .: Yes, but not having a radical mastectomy when it's called for would be far riskier. Any surgery carries risk and a mastectomy is no different, but those risks are far smaller than the risk of a spreading breast cancer. By the way, if you're concerned that a radical mastectomy is more than you need for your cancer, you can and should always seek a second opinion. ...Read more

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Is the tracheostomy a risky thing to do?

Is the tracheostomy a risky thing to do?

Depends on airway: If securing the airway is difficult, due to mass or severe airway alteration, then it can be quite dangerous and need to be done emergently or without general anesthesia. If already intubated or with straightforward anatomy, shouldn't be a problem. Surgical risks include bleeding, infection, damage to neck structures. ...Read more

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Is the chemotherapy a risky thing to do?

Is the chemotherapy a risky thing to do?

Yes: Chemotherapy has many potential risks. The potential adverse events and dose limiting toxicities should be discussed the your cancer physician and team. The important concept is understanding the "risk/benefit ratio". That is, what potential benefit is worth the risks? Also, what alternatives are available? ...Read more

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Is it safe to get a radiofrequency treatment after a facelift surgery? Is it going to damage or ruin the surgery?

Is it safe to get a radiofrequency treatment after a facelift surgery?  Is it going to damage or ruin the surgery?

Radiofrequency: You should be able to get radiofrequency treatments after a facelift. Make sure you wait 3 months to let the acute inflammation and post-operative recovery subside. ...Read more

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Is the knee arthroplasty a risky thing to do?

Is the knee arthroplasty a risky thing to do?

It Depends: Any surgery has associated risks. Knee arthroplasty is a big procedure. It is very helpful when indicated, however. Risks vary depending upon your overall health, medical conditions, level of fitness. Medical issues such as diabetes and heart disease increase the risk of any surgery. It is best to talk these risks over with your primary care physician as well as your orthopedist. ...Read more

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Is the sigmoidoscopy a risky thing to do?

Is the sigmoidoscopy a risky thing to do?

Not generally: Flexible sig: getting cleaned out by enemas, having a flexible, lit up tube inserted into the rectum, and advanced (steered), under direct vision (video chip inside the scope) from rectum to sigmoid, and descending colon; looks at last 1.5 feet (approx) of intestine.Stops at the turn under the left ribs. No sedation usually, can do biopsy; slight risk of bleed, perforation (1 in several thousand. ...Read more

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Is the immunotherapy a risky thing to do?

Is the immunotherapy a risky thing to do?

Benefit >risk: Immunotherapy can be risky in some settings. When done right by a board certified allergist in a controlled setting with a gradual build up risks are rare. Reactions can always occur as you are being injected with something to which you are allergic. That is why all shots are given in a doctors office with a doctor on site and all patients must wait 30 minutes after their injections. ...Read more

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Is the amniocentesis a risky thing to do?

Is the amniocentesis a risky thing to do?

Depends,but low risk: Amniocentesis done by an expert is low risk. The main risk is rupture of membranes that often is related to the ultra-structure of the membrane in a given pregnancy. The small risk should be matched with desired benefits; expert counseling can put the risk/benefit in perspective. Seek advice from geneticist and maternal fetal medicine specialist. ...Read more

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Is the uterine ablation a risky thing to do?

Is the uterine ablation a risky thing to do?

Low risk: Uterine or endometrial ablation is a procedure where an instrument (several types available) is placed through the cervix and the uterine lining is burned off. After the period will be very light or none at all. The biggest risk is putting a hole in the uterus at the time of the procedure. This can injure the bowel or surrounding pelvic organs. This happens rarely. Choose an experienced doc. ...Read more

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How can one know how many surgeries a doctor has performed? Read that when getting a thyroidectomy, it is very important to know how many thyroidectomies the surgeon has performed. The more surgeries, the less the risk of complication.

How can one know how many surgeries a doctor has performed? Read that when getting a thyroidectomy, it is very important to know how many thyroidectomies the surgeon has performed. The more surgeries, the less the risk of complication.

This : This is a difficult question to answer, as there are no specific sites that record the number of surgical procedures that one surgeon performs. A board certified general surgeon or an ENT surgeon usually indicates a surgeon who maintains a degree of current knowledge and expertise that usually includes thyroid surgery. Your state medical board may have some quality reports, and your insurance company may also know specialists in your area that have experience in thyroid surgery. Maybe the best way is to ask your family physician who is good, and also ask your surgeon their experience. You can also get more than one surgical opinion as well, asking each one their experience. I also agree with the previous doctor's answer who said that asking a local hospital nurse can be very helpful. ...Read more

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