The Future of Medicine: Surgery Over The Internet
Dr. Tootla is a board certified surgeon. He is licensed to practice in over 20 countries. He has been named one of the top 2000 leading scientists of the 21st Century. Dr. Tootla has also been named one of the top surgeons in America by the Consumer Research Council of America, in Washington D.C. With healthcare being such a huge topic today, we decided to contact and interview one of the top surgeons in the world.
Dr. Wegmann (Dr.W): What are some of the changes you have seen over time as a doctor, is the US healthier than it was 20 years ago?
Dr. A. Tootla (Dr.T): There has been numerous changes in the medicine in America. We have become the leading country on planet earth for the amount of medications we use for every kind of ailments. Yet we are number 74 in the world as far as the health of the people is concerned. This means people in 73 countries are healthier than we are and we spend more money in health care than any other country in the world. The health care industry is a 2.3 trillion industry
Dr. W: What is the one thing you tell your patients that has the biggest impact on their health?
Dr. T: I advise my patients that they can obtain maximum health with minimal or no medication. Diet, exercise and proper supplements are three vital steps necessary to avoid doctors and hospitals. Keep your weight down by exercising 2 to 3 times a week. Avoid junk food and red meat.
Dr. W: If you could change our healthcare system what would you do?
Dr. T: The greatest change necessary in our health care systems is the emphasis on prevention of diseases instead of curing diseases. Over 90% of diseases are preventable. Our industries cannot compete on a global level when the greatest cost to industry is health care. Over 48 million Americans are without health care in the richest country in the world. Type 2 diabetes in our schools have reached epidemic proportion. We need to remove vending machines in our schools like England has done..
Dr.W: I noticed you have done surgery over the internet, how is technology advancing in medicine, and what else is coming?
Dr. T: There has been great technological advances in surgery. Minimal invasive surgery has now become standard, which I started 16 years ago. Robotic surgery is now in vogue and will soon become very common. In the near future space and planetary travel will become common and it will be necessary to be able to carry out distant robotic surgery e.g. appendectomy. People in remote areas of the world will have access to the best surgeons via robotic procedures.
Dr.W: I have heard Blue Cross Blue Shield has sent people overseas for certain procedures, if so, how much is this happening and will it continue in the future?
Dr. T: Due to the high cost of medicine in this country, like our industries medicine is being outsourced at one tenth the cost. In the year 2007 800,000 Americans had their knees and hips replaced in other countries, e.g. Singapore. This will become a common practice. The care they received is equally or better since most of the specialists are American trained. Blue Cross of Virginia are routinely outsourcing medical care for their clients to countries such as India, Thailand and Singapore.
Amod Tootla, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.I.C.S. was born in South Africa of Indian parentage with 8 siblings in the family. He was extremely poor with no indoor plumbing, no running water and no electricity. He learned to read and write by candle light.
After high school he got his medical education in Dublin, Ireland and obtained his surgical training at the prestigious Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. He specializes in colon disease with special interest in colon cancer. He introduced laparoscopic robotic surgery for colon diseases 13 years ago and was the first one to carry out internet surgery from Michigan to a hospital in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Dr Tootla has been doing extensive research all his life and has been published in numerous peer reviewed medical journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine. In the years 2002-03 and 2006 he was voted one of the top surgeons in America by the Consumer Research Council of America, Washington, DC. The University of Cambridge in England honored him in 2003 as one the top 2000 scientists of the 21st. Century.
At present he is researching the effects of xanthones (found in the mangosteen fruit) on different diseases including HIV.
Dr. Tootla is a board certified surgeon. He is licensed to practice in over 20 countries. He has been named one of the top 2000 leading scientists of the 21st Century. Dr. Tootla has also been named one of the top surgeons in America by the Consumer Research Council of America, in Washington D.C.
Dr. Tootla introduced laparoscopic robotic colon surgery 13 years ago. He was also the very first surgeon to carry out internet surgery between his hospital in Michigan, and a hospital in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Dr. Tootla is a World Renowned Board Certified Cancer Surgeon and leading scientist.
Named one of the top Surgeons in the United States by the Consumer Research Council of America in Washington DC for the last five years.
Cambridge University nominated him one of the top 2000 scientists in the world for the 21st century.
Dr. Tootla is licensed to practice in 20 different countries and has the distinction of having introduced robotic surgery in the United States.
He is a pioneer of laparoscopic colon surgery and has published numerous papers in the most prestigious medical journals in the world, including the New England Journal of Medicine.
Dr. Tootla was the first surgeon to do surgery over the Internet – from Michigan to Buenos Aires in Argentina as reported on the front pages of the Wall Street Journal.
Recently, he was the first surgeon to use radio frequency ablation for primary and metastatic liver cancer.
Dr. Tootla has used Mangosteen Juice with well in excess of 1000 of his patients to date.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Health
He is a Fellow of the International College of Colon and Rectal Surgeons
He is a Fellow of the American Society of Abdominal Surgeons
He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
He is a Fellow of the International College of Surgeons
He is named in the “who’s who” in the American and Global Registry
Dr. Michael Wegmann’s Thoughts:
Dr. Tootla is on of the most gifted MD’s in the world. It was an absolute pleasure getting the chance to interview him. I commend him on his push to teach prevention.
The amazing thing about health is everyone thinks their healthy. I ask people who come into my office, who are overweight, on a list of medication and suffering, and I ask them if they’re healthy and every time with every patient they say yes. Our perception of health is skewed. Health is the optimal functioning of our bodies, it is a state of wholeness in which all of the organs are functioning 100%, it is not merely the absence of disease or sickness.
If you’re reading this post I know you are one of the people looking to better your life. The fastest way to get on track with your health is to find a wellness chiropractor who is focused on lifestyle modifications as well as optimal function. Why chiropractic? Because your organs function because of the nerves traveling through your spine. Interference to the mental impulses creates the dis-ease process, the start of the malfunction. It’s your health, guard it well.