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Rebecca - Robotic Hysterectomy
Rebecca made it a point to get her annual pap smear every year around her birthday. But this year, as she was preparing to turn 44, her gynecologist Therese Rosellini, D.O., a member Sutter Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery, called to inform her that the results came back abnormal and she had pre-cancerous cervical cells.
“Dr. Rosellini explained that these cells could make me more susceptible to cancer,” said Rebecca. “The news that I could have cancer in the future scared me.”
Rebecca started talking to other women she knew that had gone through a hysterectomy and heard about the long incisions and lengthy recovery. She was less apprehensive when Dr. Rosellini told her about da Vinci Robotic Surgery and how it only required a few small incisions and a short recovery time.
“I am in my 40’s and done having kids, so when she suggested an option for a minimally invasive hysterectomy I thought it would be better to be safe than sorry,” said Rebecca Sue. “The gynecologists at Sutter are great and I trusted Dr. Rosellini to suggest the best route for me.”
Rebecca had her da Vinci hysterectomy in November. Following surgery she spent one night at Sutter Memorial Hospital and was home the next day by noon. “I had little pain from my incisions and the only significant discomfort I had was shoulder pain caused by residual gas used in the laparoscopic procedure. And although I took Dr. Rosellini’s orders to not overdo it, I was ready to get back to my normal lifestyle within two weeks and fully recovered within a month.”
“For me, this was definitely the way to go,” said Rebecca. “And it was nothing compared to my c-sections.”
Learn more about da Vinci for gynecologic conditions through Sutter Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery.
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