Robotic surgery improves hysterectomy

A Lafayette gynocologist uses the latest in robotic surgery equipment. "Surgeons always joke about wanting a three armed assistant, well now I've got one," said Dr. Full Story
Susan

Pryor, OK

#1 Jan 27, 2009
I was really pleased to see this article. I have been wrestling with the fact that my doctor said I needed a total hysterectomy, asap. He said I would have to have the 'large' incision (like a C-Section) to remove my uterus. Never needing a C-Section and being blessed with usually great health, I am so afraid about being 'cut open' that I keep putting off having this procedure done. I am hopeful that I might be eligible to take advantage of Dr. McCuaig's da Vinci surgery and forgo the fear, and long recovery that is otherwise in store for me.
one of the few

Chicago, IL

#2 Jan 27, 2009
I would love to say this is a cure all but my experience was not as positive as those listed in this story. All though the doctors state this surgery has a lower risk of infection ~ I was one of those few that ended up with what was not supposed to happen. 10 days after surgery I ended up with an infection that landed me back in the hospital for 5 days. Infections still happen!!!! If I had it to do over again I would not recommend going to Indy for the procedure. I would wait until the surgery is provided here in town.
Kristy

United States

#3 Feb 2, 2009
I had the da Vinci robot surgery the week before Christmas to remove a large cyst on my ovary, remove a fibroid, and to remove some of my endometriosis. The next week I was still a little sore but overall felt great. This surgery option was ideal for me because I have a 1 year old and 2 weeks of needing help to lift him was a much better option than the 6 weeks recovery of regular surgery. The worst part of the procedure was the bruising and soreness on one of my sides from where the instruments were passed. I think I used the prescribed pain medicine for 3 or 4 days and then was able to just take tylenol. I've been told I will eventually need a hysterectomy and I don't feel as scared now knowing this surgery should be an option when the time comes. I really do hope this robot comes to St. Elizabeth so I don't have to travel to Indy for the surgery. Although, if Indy is the only option I would go in a heartbeat.
Barbara

United States

#4 Mar 15, 2009
Kristy wrote:
I had the da Vinci robot surgery the week before Christmas to remove a large cyst on my ovary, remove a fibroid, and to remove some of my endometriosis. The next week I was still a little sore but overall felt great. This surgery option was ideal for me because I have a 1 year old and 2 weeks of needing help to lift him was a much better option than the 6 weeks recovery of regular surgery. The worst part of the procedure was the bruising and soreness on one of my sides from where the instruments were passed. I think I used the prescribed pain medicine for 3 or 4 days and then was able to just take tylenol. I've been told I will eventually need a hysterectomy and I don't feel as scared now knowing this surgery should be an option when the time comes. I really do hope this robot comes to St. Elizabeth so I don't have to travel to Indy for the surgery. Although, if Indy is the only option I would go in a heartbeat.
Hi Kristy
I just had robotic surgery I needed a hysterectomy. I read on your letter that you had bruising on one side and soreness. Was your bruise very black and blue and like a purple color? My bruise is all on my left side. I'm just worried that something is wrong. I hope your doing well. Thanks, Barb
TLH

Indianapolis, IN

#5 Mar 16, 2009
I believe that the Lord works in ways through people to give them wisdom and knowlege to accomplish the works.
mas

Ballston Lake, NY

#6 Mar 26, 2009
Barbara wrote:
<quoted text>Hi Kristy
I just had robotic surgery I needed a hysterectomy. I read on your letter that you had bruising on one side and soreness. Was your bruise very black and blue and like a purple color? My bruise is all on my left side. I'm just worried that something is wrong. I hope your doing well. Thanks, Barb
Thanks for adding this comment, as I had not expected to have the amount of bruising I do. Had the same surgery a week ago. It was considered day surgery(23 hours). I came home the next morning. Been back on my feet and taking two walks a day (starting the second day). Feel great (had two previous C-Sects), this was much easier. The only thing I also ran into was significant bruising (completely normal as my dr. told me). One side about 10in by 5in and the other 8in by 3in. Solid purple. Does not hurt though, and I tend to bruise easily. I would recommend this over conventional surgery and am sorry I waited so long.
are you kidding

Indianapolis, IN

#7 Mar 26, 2009
Look out world its RoboDoc!
Pancakes

United States

#8 Mar 26, 2009
In my surgical experience, infection happens because of which hospital and which staff you are using. A highly rated hospital has a good infection-control program in place. If you find that hospital, then try to go there, and get a surgeon who practices at the reputable hospital. Finding this information may not be as easy, but it's a big part of a successful outcome. I've had eight surgical experiences on multiple body areas, in five different cities, and only one post-op infection, and that was at St Vincent Carmel, where I contracted staph during surgery.
missy

Greenwood, IN

#9 Apr 30, 2009
Just wondering those of you from Indiana who was your Dr.? I'm scheduled for a hysterectomy with the robot this June.I'm very nervous and looking for another opinion.
LAH

Carmel, IN

#10 Jun 4, 2009
I too am to have a davinci hysterectomy in Indy - who is recommended by those of you "in the know?"
LAH

Carmel, IN

#11 Jun 4, 2009
I too am having a davinci hysterectomy soon -
anyone known to be good? or NOT good?
Leslie Phoenix

Peoria, AZ

#12 Apr 15, 2010
I had a hysterectomy plus removal of the ovaries and filopian (sp) tubes here in Phoenix. I am very impressed with the rssults and how well I feel during my recovery. I too, was very concerned about all the bruising on my pubic area and right side of adomin. Thank you for your comments, I can tell the bruising is normal so I will not worry and just wait for the swelling and bruises to go away with time. I strongly recommend the Divinci robotic system.
cat

Windermere, FL

#13 Jan 23, 2011
I had the davinci robotic surgery and I too had lots of bruising, hematomas is what I would call it. It has been almost 8 weeks and it is still faint but visible. I had one hard area above where the trocar that did most of the work was. I did massage this area diligently and it is reabsorbing. I am very healthy so the hematomas were not a problem for me reabsorbing but I can see where this could be a issue for someone who is a smoker, poor healer due to diabetes, immunosuppression etc. I used ice packs for the first 4-5 days and then converted to a heating pad. I think this helped. I got lovenox injection just prior to going into the OR and had I known what was being injected I may have refused. I think that could have been skipped. I don't see that it was medically indicated for me being so healthy. I also found a warm blanket over my tummy that felt like fire when I woke up from anesthesia which I promptly yanked off. I think this contributed to the bleeding. Be sure to stop all asa, vit e, fish oil and drinking alcohol two weeks prior to surgery too. My doctor told me only one week but I think it should be two weeks.
Shelly

Los Angeles, CA

#14 Mar 12, 2013
As there are successful procedures using the Da Vinci robot, there are also reported adverse events which you can read at http://www.rotlaw.com/da-vinci-surgical-syste... . It is also possible that choosing the right surgeon and hospital for your procedure will help minimize adverse incidents.
Marvee

Lake Orion, MI

#15 May 10, 2013
Thanks for the posts on the bruising! Was not expecting so much dark purple. I have a few sore spots in my belly but other than that feel fantastic! Da Vinvi sure was the way to go for me. Had a huge uterus with several large tumors. It took over 4 hours instead of the usual 1-2 hours and took 2 docs. I can not imagine how painful and slow a c-section recovery would have been! I went home 13 hours after surgery by choice. Felt great an wanted to be home! I would highly recommend this method.
linda ramirez

Williamston, SC

#16 Jun 30, 2014
i just had the da vinci hysterectomy very fast, but very soar. It has been 3 days i am home now, eating a little better, but very bruised and little movement. bed rest means bed rest you will regret it later

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