How much do you know about the benefits of robotic surgery? The Surgical Associates of Cleveland are pleased to offer an increasing number of surgical procedures featuring this latest technology. We understand that you may have questions about robotic surgery and we’d like to talk about the benefits. Related: What kind of procedures can be performed robotically? When comparing robotic surgery to traditional open surgery, we find that the robotic method results in many benefits to the patient: Shorter hospitalizations Less pain and discomfort A speedier recovery and return to one’s normal activities Smaller incisions Reduced risk of infection Minimal blood loss Fewer transfusions Less scarring Surgeons who use robotic surgery also experience a variety of benefits: Better visualization during the surgical procedure Increased dexterity over traditional methods Greater precision which allows for better results Essentially, robotic surgery is the next generation of minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery in which surgeons use a computer-controlled robot to assist in certain surgical procedures. Read on →

Did you know that January is Thyroid Awareness Month? According to the American Thyroid Association, about 20 million Americans have some kind of thyroid disease. Though the thyroid is a small gland that most of us think very little about, it’s a bit of a powerhouse in the human body, impacting metabolism, digestion, fertility, weight loss, aging, and more. The Surgical Associates of Cleveland perform many thyroidectomies each year and would like to help our community binge better acquainted with this powerful gland in 2018. Read on →

Here we are, facing another new year. Have you been thinking about your New Year’s Resolutions? Here at the Surgical Associates of Cleveland, we’d like to offer our encouragement and aid to help you live a healthier 2018. If you’re like most Americans–and most patients in our clinic–you’d like to stick with your healthy new year goals. But changing our habits can be hard. We’ve come up with a few simple suggestions that virtually anyone can use for a better year. Read on →

Here at the Surgical Associates of Cleveland, we know that no one really looks forward to having surgery, though they do look forward to the relief that comes after healing. However, many patients may have fears regarding discomfort or risk related to surgical treatments. That’s why we’d like to tell you more about a different kind of operation. Laparoscopic surgery is a different type of surgery which uses a laparoscope. A laparoscope is a slender instrument with a tiny video camera and light attached to the end. Read on →

Did you know that November is National Healthy Skin Month? This campaign helps raise awareness about the importance of healthy skin, and educates the public about common skin problems such as skin cancer. One large aim of Healthy Skin Month is to inform the public about the ways skin cancer can be prevented through simple lifestyle tips. The Surgical Associates of Cleveland would like to help you take the proper steps to reduce your risk of skin cancer. Read on →

When we talk about diverticular disease, we mean one of three conditions in which small pockets develop in the wall of the colon. These conditions include diverticulosis, diverticular bleeding, and diverticulitis. Let the Surgical Associates of Cleveland help you make sense of this disease. Learn about some of the myths of diverticular disease here. Diverticulosis With this condition, many tiny pockets called diverticula develop in the lining of the bowel. Diverticula formed from excess pressure on weak spots of the intestinal walls. Read on →

Are you expecting to have a surgical procedure this year? At Surgical Associates of Cleveland, we are passionate about educating our patients before and after their surgeries so they might experience the best possible outcome and health. While each type of surgery varies, there are several things you can do to help ensure optimal recovery regardless of the type of surgery you’re scheduled to undergo. Always follow your surgeon’s instructions. It sounds so simple, but you might be surprised by how many people feel they don’t need to follow every direction they are given by medical professionals. Read on →

Of the many procedures performed at Surgical Associates of Cleveland, surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is common. Patients with CTS experience numbness, tingling, weakness, and other frustrating problems with their hand due to pressure on the median nerve in the wrist. According to the National Institutes of Health, women are three times more likely than men to develop carpal tunnel syndrome. Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by pressure from swelling on the median nerve. Read on →

Did you know that October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month? Your team of professionals at the Surgical Associates of Cleveland would like to help raise awareness among the individuals and families in our community about this prevalent disease which impacts our mothers, daughters, sisters, grandmothers, co-workers, friends and more. In fact, while breast cancer occurs almost exclusively in women, men can also get breast cancer and sometimes do. According to the Susan G. Read on →

The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland normally located at the base of the neck. This gland produces the hormones which regulate all aspects of metabolism, which includes heart rate and how quickly a person burns calories. A thyroidectomy is a surgical procedure in which all or part of the thyroid gland is removed. The team at Surgical Associates of Cleveland would like to help you better understand the reasons your doctor might recommend a thyroidectomy. Read on →