Meet the doctor: Dr. Elvira Klause's Personal Touch

Dr. Klause's Personal Touch 

From the moment you walk through the door to the office of Dr. Klause, most patients say they feel a sense of small-town hospitality and care that is refreshing in today’s impersonal corporate medical atmosphere. Dr. Klause committed early on in her career to establish a warm, personal practice where her patients feel like family while getting the best surgical care available. One of the key factors, Dr. Klause believes, is for the patient to see one surgeon from start to finish. That’s why Dr. Klause insists on seeing all her patients personally during the entire duration of care which is highly unique in this age of colossal health care agencies and impersonal physician groups. She also tries to make herself available around the clock for questions or concerns.

In order to make sure that her patients are receiving the most advanced surgical care, Dr. Klause spends considerable time keeping abreast of the latest developments and breakthroughs in the surgical world.  Currently, Dr. Klause is one of the few surgeons in California who is proficient and successful in Robotic surgery in the south orange county area. Furthermore, this pursuit of excellence has helped Dr. Klause perfect even the simplest of surgeries and introduce improved surgical techniques into her practice

Overall, because Dr. Klause focuses on the patients needs herself, she is able to put together the most effective and aggressive treatment plan for each person.  Dr. Klause understands that it takes this kind of personal approach as a surgeon in order to bring about the best results for all of her patients.

Dr. Klause specializes in Robotic and Laparoscopic surgeries at her Orange County, California practice.

What is robotic surgery?

Being a high-tech lover all my life, Robotic Surgery has made me fall in love with surgery all over again.  When people ask me what is better about Robotic Surgery, I respond by saying: “Robotic surgery is to general surgery what the iPhone is to the rotary phone". Robotic surgery, or robot-assisted surgery, allows me to perform many types of complex surgeries with much more precision, flexibility, and control than is possible with conventional techniques.

Robotic surgery is laparoscopic surgery in high definition.  What I mean by this is that we use the same laparoscopic technique with much more advance instruments.  Tools which are articulating and cameras which are 3D for more detaied visualization compared to the rigid  tools and 2D cameras from traditional laparoscopic (key hole) surgical instruments.

What should patients know when considering robotic surgery?

The patient should know that the surgeon is always in control and manually connects the patient to the robot.  The surgeon then sits in the console a few feet away from the patient to drive the robot’s hands.  The micro-surgical instruments essentially becomes the surgeons hands and allows the surgeon to view the anatomy through a 3-D vision system (like a pair of binoculars) with magnification 10 times that of the naked eye to perform the procedure.  It results in a more safe, ergonomic and detailed surgery.