Hey everybody. Wow, it’s been a long time since I wrote anything here. So much has been going on since spring, and I have been thinking about catching up and doing more blogging. Here are a few highlights:
First up, Homage to the DaVinci Surgical Robot!!!
In December 2014, it was determined that I had endometrial cancer. I was 47 at the time. To make a really long story short, I switched to a different GYN practice, and I’m SO glad I did. The new doctor I chose, Dr. Sandra Rivard, happens to do robotic surgery. The MRI she ordered came back suspicious for cancer, so she referred me to Dr. Brewster, an OBGYN Oncologist down at UNC-Chapel Hill who specializes in surgery with the DaVinci Surgical Robot. So in March (yes, it took three months for them to get it all together – there is only ONE surgical robot in Greensboro, and there are three in Chapel Hill, and scheduling is at a premium!) I had removal of all the internal female plumbing done by Dr. Brewster with the DaVinci Surgical Robot.
Y’all lemme tell you, whether you’re male or female, if anybody ever says you have to have any kind of internal surgery, DEMAND A ROBOTIC SURGEON. If there’s not one where you live, GO FIND ONE. I’m not kidding. A typical hysterectomy, even laparoscopic hysterectomy, requires at least one night in the hospital, and minimum 6-weeks of downtime, because they have to cut holes through the abdominal wall large enough for the surgeon’s hands to get in there and move around. With the robotic surgery, the surgeon operates the robot from a remote station, and the holes they cut only have to be big enough for the tiny robot parts to get in. As a result, I had five, 1-inch incisions. I was in hospital overnight, off pain pills the next day, and driving around doing my thing the next week. I still had restrictions – any abdominal surgery is gonna have those – but nothing like what it would’ve been like with open surgery.
Here’s a link to a video about how the DaVinci works – it’s awesome!