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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.
Good evening, Netizens…
End of day three…
Closest to my heart is that my Suzie is back home from The House of Pain on the South Hill, having had her cancerous uterus removed during a robotic surgical procedure two days ago. I must hereby make a promise to myself, that in the near future I will diligently explore the technology involved because, despite all I may have stated in the past about the cost of surgical medicine in Spokane, in this instance having a 3 million dollar piece of state-of-the-art equipment installed at Sacred Heart easily saved us as much as ten thousand dollars or more.
Removal of a woman's uterus, fallopian tubes and associated reproductive organs using the old-fashioned surgical means, sometimes meant a woman could spend as much as a week to three weeks abed in the hospital, depending upon complications. The robotic technology reduces that painful time to under three days. In two short days after her surgical procedure, Suzie is back home, sitting up unattended and walking; gingerly, but walking nonetheless.
I can only speak glowing volumes about the quality of care we received from Cancer Care Northwest http://www.cancercarenorthwest.com/ and the physicians who attended to Suzie since our ordeal began. Suzie's oncologist, Dr. Melanie Bergman, spent a fair amount of time explaining the procedure and answered all our questions in a gentle, caring manner before and after the robotic procedure.
We are not out of the woods quite yet, though, as there is still a pathology study to be completed, making certain that the cancer has not spread, and that there are no further complications. We are keeping our fingers crossed. I will keep everyone informed as we continue through this process. Thank you to everyone for your thoughts and prayers.