Advanced Robotic and Laparoscopic Procedures with Excellent Patient Care
Dr. Amit Kharod is the Chief of Surgery at CentraState Medical Center. A general surgeon, board-certified in general and laparoscopic surgery, he specializes in gallbladder removals, laparoscopic hernia repairs, complex abdominal wall construction surgery, and breast surgery. He is the founder of Advanced Surgical Health Associates (ASHA), and with physicians Dr. Thomas Kayal and Dr. Michael Menack, the practice offers a wide array of robotic and laparoscopic procedures with excellent patient care.
What are some of the most common procedures you perform?
Some of the most common procedures we perform are gallbladder removal and hernia repair. The difference with our practice is that all of our surgeons have undergone advanced training to perform many different procedures laparoscopically using state-of-the-art tools and technology, such as robotics. A very small group of surgeons in the country have received special training to perform this surgery.
As a surgeon, it allows you the control, range of motion, and visibility of open surgery, while simultaneously allowing you to get precise results within a very small space at different and sometimes difficult angles. This type of precision usually translates into significantly less pain and faster recovery for you.
What type of robotic-assisted surgery do you offer for gallbladder removals?
I perform cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal) by using the Single-Site™ instruments on the da Vinci® Si™ Surgical System. The da Vinci System features a magnified 3D high-definition vision system and fl exible single-site instrument which enable me to operate with enhanced vision and precision. By using this system, I can remove your gallbladder through one tiny incision in the belly button, making the procedure virtually scarless.
What type of hernia surgeries do you perform?
Mostly ventral and hiatal hernias. Ventral hernias cause a bulge or lump in the abdomen, which increases in size over time. Unlike a ventral hernia, a hiatal hernia is located in the diaphragm. It doesn’t have any symptoms you can see, but can cause heartburn and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Both hernias can be repaired by minimally-invasive surgery. To repair a ventral hernia, we make a few small incisions in your abdomen using long, thin surgical instruments and a small camera that guides the surgeon.
A hiatal hernia can be fixed through a minimally-invasive procedure called Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication (TIF), which corrects GERD by creating a valve mechanism at the bottom of the lower esophageal sphincter. TIF is performed under general anesthesia and most patients return to work within a few days.
Do you have any recommendations on how patients should choose a surgeon?
Even straightforward surgeries can result in complications, so make sure you choose your surgeon carefully. Research providers by asking your social network, as well as medical office and hospital based nurses for recommendations, and make sure you choose a quality surgeon with whom you feel comfortable entrusting your life.
Don’t hesitate to ask a surgeon for patient references. You want to make sure that the surgeon you choose is regularly performing the operation you need with consistently successful outcomes.
What are some other surgical procedures that patients are getting in your office?
We also provide conservative surgical options for the bowel, liver, appendix, thyroid & parathyroid, veins, and hemorrhoid treatment. In addition, we offer testing for chronic constipation, fecal incontinence, and esophageal reflux. At ASHA, we will work with you to figure out the best plan of action for your health.