Michelle's Robotic Hysterectomy Patient Story

Michelle

The Diagnosis
I started gaining weight and experiencing longer than usual periods, but just shrugged it off. Finally, I went to my OBGYN and found out that I had a uterine fibroid that was

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3.5 centimeters large. I tried different treatments and medications to reduce the fibroid, but nothing worked.

A friend recommended that I consult with Dr. Aliya Khan, who is an OBGYN at Sharp Grossmont Hospital. I felt it was the first time a doctor took me seriously. After she reviewed my medical history, and uttered the word “hysterectomy” I cringed. I am not against hysterectomy per se, but I was concerned about the open incision and the time off work. And I have two dogs that like to jump all over me.

At this point, my fibroid grew to 6 centimeters. When I visited my primary care physician, she also recommended a hysterectomy. It looked like it was my only choice.

The First Steps
I did research online and discovered the da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System. I went from refusing to get a hysterectomy, to "Hey, I’m down with that." It had everything I ever wanted in a surgery—less bleeding, less scarring, less pain and a quick recovery.

When I found out that robotic hysterectomy surgery was available at Sharp Grossmont, I immediately called 1-800-82-SHARP and asked how I can get the surgery. They gave me helpful information about Dr. Kris Ghosh, who performs robotic surgery at Sharp Grossmont. I attended a robotic gynecologic seminar to learn more about it. The seminar was great because it was like getting an hour-long consultation. Dr. Ghosh was very thorough in explaining the technology and answered every question I had. I was in Dr. Ghosh’s office the next week.

The Procedure
Everyone in pre-op was very friendly. I was given a warming blanket that kept me cozy. Two hours later I woke up and I was out of surgery. My nurse was excellent. She got me up in the morning and I went for a walk and ended up walking the floor for three hours. My nurse made me tea that evening. I went home the day after my surgery with a prescription of only ibuprofen.

The Recovery
Ever since I found da Vinci, everything fell into place. My incisions healed perfectly and I could play with my dogs a lot sooner than if I had traditional, open surgery. It was so nice to know I had a surgeon who I could trust and put all my faith in. I highly recommend robotic surgery for any woman who needs a gynecologic procedure.

How to Choose a da Vinci Specialist at Sharp
Sharp accepts almost all health insurance. For help finding a surgeon who specializes in robotic surgery or to schedule a consultation, call 1-800-82-SHARP (1-800-827-4277), Monday through Friday, 8 am to 6 pm.