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At 34 years old, Kathleen Hale knew she was too young to be struggling with bladder issues. At a co-worker's recommendation she made an appointment with Dr. Bruce Dorr, an OB/GYN, on staff at Littleton Adventist Hospital, specializing in urodynamics. Hale was diagnosed with third degree uterine prolapse and faced with the difficult decision of having a partial hysterectomy.
"My husband and I knew that our family was complete with two beautiful girls so we decided to go ahead with the surgery. I was grateful that after living with bladder issues for eight years there was a solution in sight," says Hale. Dr. Dorr explained to Kathleen that his preference for this type of surgery was to use the daVinci® robot.
The daVinci® system is a robotic system outfitted with a high-resolution camera and multiple arms equipped with micro instruments, which enables surgeons to perform even the most complex and delicate procedures through very small incisions with unmatched precision. Benefits can include significantly less pain, smaller incisions resulting in minimal scarring and a shorter recovery time. "Shorter recovery time was definitely important to me," says Kathleen, "as my lifestyle definitely doesn't lend itself to sitting in bed for six weeks." In addition to working full time, Kathleen stays active with her husband and two girls enjoying a host of outdoor activities.
"For many years," says Dr. Dorr, "a minimally invasive surgery, meant a laparoscopic surgery, visualized in 2-D. With the robot I can take minimally invasive to a whole new level by manipulating the robot's "hands", which are smaller than mine, through an 8 mil incision, while visualizing everything in 3-D. The smaller degree of torque (force) required coupled with the smaller incision are contributing factors to the minimal amount of post-surgical pain the patient experiences."
Hale has nothing but praise for her doctor and the robotic surgical procedure he performed at Littleton Adventist Hospital. "This was the first surgical procedure I've ever had and it couldn't have gone better. I was in the hospital overnight and home the next day. I returned to work a week and a half later. I would definitely encourage other women with my diagnosis researching if robotic surgery is right for them."
*It is recommended that you speak with your doctor about surgical options and what may be best for you.
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