Sutter Women's Services
Dewey - Robotic Prolapse Surgery
Dewey spent 15 years as a labor and delivery nurse in Yuba City. She saw firsthand the joys of birth through the eyes of many new parents. She also had firsthand experience in the tolls birth can have on a woman's body – Dewey had twins, and a baby that was delivered breach. And although her vagina was sewn together after it tore during delivery, years later she was ready for a "basement repair."
"We knew something wasn't right," said Dewey. "My bladder was protruding into my vagina like a baby getting ready for birth."
Dewey's primary care physician knew just the specialist that could help Dewey: Wesley Hilger, M.D., a urogynecologist who is medical director of gynecologic robotics surgery at Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento.
"Dr. Hilger was great," said Dewey. "He explained that my condition required bladder suspension surgery, and then told me that he could do it robotically."
Dewey arrived at Sutter Memorial Hospital for her surgery on Oct. 26, 2010. Dr. Hilger used the da Vinci Surgical System to perform her bladder prolapse surgery. Because of the minimally invasive nature of using the robot, Dr. Hilger was able to perform the surgery through a few tiny incisions, compared to an open procedure that would require a long incision down her abdomen.
"I was in the hospital for only two days," recalled Dewey. "I was surprised; it was much less painful than I imagined. At first I tried to do too much because it didn't feel like I just had surgery. I am very happy I had the chance to have my procedure robotically."
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