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Mon., Feb. 28, 2011, 2:55 a.m.

Robotic surgery the way of the future…

Sacred Heart/Cancer Care Northwest
Sacred Heart/Cancer Care Northwest

Good morning, Netizens...

As many of you know, my wife Suzanne recently was diagnosed as having uterine cancer, which suddenly drove the fear of God into both of us. Fortunately, thanks to Sacred Hearth and Cancer Care Northwest, we had caught the cancer in its earliest stages, and she was faced with a hysterectomy which, by itself, could have been a prolonged and very expensive operation. However, this picture of the robotics table which has dramatically decreased the amount of time patients routinely spend in post-operative cancer surgery and has made the world of difference to patients of a wide variety of maladies.

She went into surgery on a Monday and returned home in two days, which is an abrupt comparison to two to three weeks. Instead of an lengthy midriff incision there were five tiny slits less than four inches across; she was actually on the table for less than two hours, and was in recovery, conscious and talking to me within hours.

As we found out, not all surgeries can be done robotically. In some instances, due to abnormalities inside the abdominal cavity, while the surgeon may begin the procedure robotically, they may have to abort the robotic procedure and be forced to perform the surgery manually which takes longer and is more expensive.

Suffice it to say, Suzie has returned to work now and is nearly healed. We were so fortunate, in that the surgery was done professionally, with a high degree of professionalism, and thanks to this wonderful device, she is now recovered and on her way to well-being for which we are eternally grateful.


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