Robotic surgery can make hysterectomy recovery easier

Robotic surgery can make hysterectomy recovery easier

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by KELLIE PATTERSON / NewsChannel 36

KELLIE PATTERSON / NewsChannel 36

Posted on May 16, 2011 at 5:20 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- It's a surgery that a lot of women fear due to a painful and long recovery process.

Hysterectomies are the second most common surgery performed on women. Now, there's a new robotic procedure that's shrinking the scar size and recovery time.

Beverly Coleman is heading back to the operating room for a surgery she's been dreading.
 
"I was a little nervous," said Beverly Coleman of her hysterrectomy.
 
Coleman's doctor didn't operate alone. Dr. Cary Fishburne of Huntersville OB/GYN used something called da Vinci Robotic Surgery.

"You set the robotic equipment up to laparoscopic mini incisions and then, as the surgeon, I step away from the table and go to the da Vinci console," said Fishburne. "When I sit in the console my viewfinder is enhanced 3D imagery, much magnified. For me it feels like I'm in my living room with my paint brush doing surgery."

Fishburne says the precise technology results in smaller incisions and a quicker recovery for patients.

"Somebody who can feel pretty normal in a couple days or week when it used to be a six- to eight-week healing process," he said.

While the sound of "robotic technology" can be unsettling to some, Coleman says she's glad she did it.

"I had a lot of people to give me their own horror stories from hysterectomy and said that I'd be on my back for a week and that I'd be out of work for six to eight weeks. I wasn't even on my back for 24 hours," Coleman said.

Da Vinci Robotic Surgery is not for everyone, so make sure you contact your doctor to discuss your options.

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