Almost two months ago I had successful surgery to remove a benign colon polyp (along with 10 in. of colon). Today’s cartoon is a thank you to my surgeon, Dr. Francis Buzad.
Dr. Buzad operated on me with the Da Vinci Surgical System.
The Da Vinci is a robotic surgery system where the surgeon sits in front of 3D-HD using a joystick and foot pedals. It was originally developed to be used remotely, but is now used in over 2000 hospitals around the world. Doesn’t it kind of remind you of those alien abduction stories with the probes?
Here’s a video of Dr. Buzad doing a similar surgery (warning: graphic and confusing):
They made four 1 in. incisions in my abdomen and 1 two inch incision below my belly line (where the excised colon was removed). I went in the hospital on a Tuesday morning and went home Thursday evening.
Anyway, pretty cool, cutting edge stuff. They found the polyp during a colonoscopy. Had I not had the surgery, the polyp was the type that would have developed into cancer. Our lesson today: Get a colonoscopy when you turn 50 (or 40 if there is a family history of colorectal cancer). It could save your life.
Oh… Dr. Buzad was in the surgical suite with me.
And he didn’t wear flip-flops.