Laparoscopic Robotic Surgery for Hysterectomy

Transcript: Getting a hysterectomy no longer has to be such a painful ordeal thanks to a new procedure at Brookwood Medical Center. Some tiny robotic hands are alleviating the pain.  Amanda and Dr. Banks chatting you wouldn’t know it from looking at Amanda Daniels now, but one year ago she was diagnosed with cervical cancer.  I was petrified. I cried four days. I could not even talk about it with two children already; she and her husband were just about to try for a third. But the diagnosis meant she would need to have a hysterectomy. Her ability to have another child was gone, and painful memories of her mother’s hysterectomy flooded in. She had a long recovery time, was in the hospital a week. She could barely walk, and as a mother of a 4 and 13 year old that wasn’t feasible for me. So her OBGYN, Greg Banks, offered her a solution, laparoscopic robotic surgery. At Brookwood Medical Center, the device is used to perform hysterectomies, remove fibroids and cancerous lymph nodes. And the benefits are numerous banks says. With a robotic device, you’re talking much more smaller incision sights. The smallest is only a centimeter. “a normal hysterectomy scar is ten times as long. There’s also the issue of blood loss, you’re usually talking extremely small blood loss, two tablespoons and why people get well faster. Take standup there’s also great benefits to the surgeon as well. By looking through this 3d camera, he has more clarity. There’s more dexterity, 360 degrees, and greater precision. So it works very much like and open case. You’re just working with very very tiny hands and that’s the best way to describe it. Maybe most important, the procedure allows for less recuperation time it takes a patient about 4 to 6 weeks to recover from a normal hysterectomy. But not Amanda Daniels.  I had the surgery on December 11th. And on December 14th, I was grocery shopping we started out with a whirlwind diagnosis but the surgery was the best thing that ever happened.

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