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Home    HealthSense Magazine    2009 Archives    Oct. - Dec. 2009    Stephanie Bishop's Robotic Surgery Success
Stephanie Bishop's Robotic Surgery Success

For a couple of years, 32-year-old Stephanie Bishop had been living with menorrhagia, or heavy menstrual bleeding.

"I was fatigued and it was interfering with my everyday life," she says.

Bishop had tried hormone therapy and uterine ablation to alleviate her symptoms, but did not have any success. The next step was a hysterectomy.

"I was hesitant to have a hysterectomy because I knew the recovery would take weeks," says Bishop.

She changed her mind when her obstetrician/gynecologist, Dr. Kristy McCall, explained the robotic option at CoxHealth, using the da Vinci®-S Surgical System.

Robotic Surgery Benefits

  • less blood loss
  • less pain
  • shorter hospital stay
  • shorter recovery times
  • less scarring
  • fewer complications
  • quicker return to normal activities

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Call 269-INFO or read more on robotic surgery at coxhealth.com. The da Vinci-S is also used for gynecological cancer treatment and reconstructive surgeries, as well as radical prostatectomies (removal of the prostate).

"Because Stephanie had C-sections during the births of her children she was an ideal candidate for a total hysterectomy with the da Vinci®-S," says Dr. McCall. Other diagnoses that might require a hysterectomy are fibroids, pelvic pain, endometriosis and cancers of the cervix.

The benefits of robotic surgery versus a traditional hysterectomy include a shorter hospital stay, faster recovery, lower risk of infection and less blood loss.

"And five tiny incisions are made, versus one long incision," adds Dr. McCall.

"After Dr. McCall provided me with all the facts about the surgery, I knew this was a better option for me - I am a busy mom with three daughters," says Bishop.

During robotic surgery, Dr. McCall sits at a console a few feet from the operating table and controls the robotic arms.

"My hand, wrist and finger motions are translated into precise movements of the surgical instruments inside the patient," says Dr. McCall. "The da Vinci® allows me to work carefully around delicate organs and structures."

During surgery, images are enhanced on a television monitor, which provides a 3-D image of the surgical field for the physician and surgical team.

"The best part was that I was out of the hospital the next morning and I was back to normal activities within a week," says Bishop. She adds that she has minimal scars from the surgery.

 


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