What Our Patients are Saying
“My periods were so irregular and heavy that I missed 15 days of school last year and could not get out of bed on the weekends. When I finally had my robotic hysterectomy, I was up walking that very night. I haven’t missed a day of school and I’m now walking two miles a day.”
Jennifer W. - High School Teacher, Munroe Falls, Ohio
Jennifer’s gynecologist at Summa Health System recommended a robotic hysterectomy after she underwent a dilation and curettage (D&C) and tried medication for her painful, heavy bleeding. While not everyone is a candidate for this minimally invasive approach, possible benefits include a shorter hospital stay (less than 24 hours in Jennifer’s case) and just five tiny incisions.
“It was a same-day surgery. I was in overnight and home by 9:00 a.m. the next morning. I felt fine. I was very satisfied with the results. And rather than being cut open like they used to do [hysterectomies] in the past, they covered it with a Band-Aid® and I was able to take those off the following day when I got home.”
Mary O. - Tallmadge, Ohio
When Mary had an episode of post-menopausal bleeding, she scheduled a visit to her doctor right away. Mary later learned she had uterine cancer. Her doctors referred her to a gynecologic oncologist at Summa Health System who suggested the minimally invasive robotic-assisted surgical system. With robotic surgery, Mary would be back to her old self again much sooner – and enjoying the activities she loves – like gardening. And she would have less pain, less bleeding and the incisions made during the surgery would be very small.
“I had a minimally invasive hysterectomy at Summa in Akron. I was actually out of surgery and awake by about 1:00 in the afternoon. The next morning, I got dressed, and by noon I was ready to go home. Lou [my husband] only got a little free time out of this. I had no pain at all. I didn't even need an aspirin for any of it. It only took me a couple of weeks to really get back to complete normal. Lou was thrilled that he didn’t have to cook any meals or wash any clothes or run the vacuum cleaner or anything. I came back and started right up again. I don't have any big long scars on my stomach, either. It’s like little mosquito bites on my tummy, and that's it. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this type of surgery to anyone that I know. I had a very, very good experience at Summa.”
Lucy F. - Tallmadge, Ohio
When Lucy was scheduled her for a robotic-assisted minimally invasive hysterectomy, she was amazed when her surgeon explained how the procedure would be done. The robot doesn’t perform the surgery – the surgeon does. The surgeon guides the robotic instruments from a control panel located near the patient. The robot functions as an extension of the surgeon’s own hands and eyes. And by choosing robotic surgery, Mary would be back to her old self again much sooner – and enjoying the activities she loves – like gardening. And she would have less pain, less bleeding and the incisions made during the surgery would be very small. The obvious benefits of robotic surgery appealed to Mary. It was an attractive alternative to a more traditional surgical approach.