It’s been a couple of months since DeAnna Anderson underwent a hysterectomy procedure to remove a large tumor.
The last thing she wanted was to go under the knife.
“I didn’t want to have a hysterectomy because of the surgery involved, the time down and missing work,” Anderson said.
DeAnna's mother went through the same thing years ago, but that was then and this is now.
“It’s still a big surgery, it’s just through a single incision,” Dr. Devin Garza, an OB-GYN, said.
When Anderson went into surgery, doctors use a combination of software and robots to perform the procedure. There's only one incision, not three, and fewer surgeons in the room. It’s called a single-site hysterectomy.
“So, what we’re able to do is do one small incision, about an inch, we’re able to place all our instrumentation and safely manage the same technique we normally would do for a laparoscopic hysterectomy," Garza said.
The patient spends one night in the hospital and up and around in a few days.
“I woke up and I had one incision in my belly button and that was it. It was amazing,” Anderson said.
Robotic hysterectomies are nothing new, but with this new layer of technology patients like Anderson bounce back quicker and look good, too.
Garza said not every woman is a candidate for this type of hysterectomy. He said it depends on the size of the uterus and whether the patient had multiple C-sections over the years.