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Unread 05-16-2008, 09:49 PM
da Vinci?

I just found out that my doctor is planning to use the "da Vinci surgical system" for my surgery. It's this big mechanical high-tech laparoscopic surgery machine. I've found information about it on a web-site, but I was wondering if any one here had one used for their operation? It's supposed to be this super great advanced thing, but it kind of freaks me out a bit. Any thoughts?
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Unread 05-16-2008, 10:15 PM
da Vinci?

There are several hystersisters, including me, who have had their surgery with the daVinci. The way my gyn/oncologist described it, he said that the daVinci is better than having resident doctors assist him because it stands still and it doesn't talk back! Makes you think of it as less freaky. My doctor still had a resident assisting at surgery in addition to the daVinci, though.

Seriously, though, the doctor controls every movement of the daVinci. There are several different types of instruments that can be used with the daVinci. Doctors themselves say that they can see better with the daVinci than they can with their own eyes. There is a video on the daVinci web site where you can watch all of the instruments at work in an actual hysterectomy and it is very impressive.

The daVinci is said to result in surgery that is less invasive to your body, with less chance of infection and less blood loss. So far, I have had no complications, no side effects, no infections and my five little "holes" from my laproscopy are healing nicely. I was released by the doctor without any restrictions two weeks after surgery, and the very next day, I went to work for a half day. I am now 8 weeks post op and working full days at a desk job.
Unread 05-17-2008, 11:25 AM
da Vinci?

You are very lucky to have your doctor offer you a DaVinci right off the bat. I had to hunt for a doctor that was trained in them.

I had a DaVinci almost a year ago and while I didn't want surgery at all, since surgery was necessary, it was a good choice for me.

I ended up with 6 small incisions (they had to do an extra one because they had trouble inflating my abdomen) but almost no belly pain after the surgery.

I DID have complications with arm pain, but that is because I had had a fracture of that shoulder years ago that I had forgotten to mention to my surgeon. She didn't know about it, so she didn't know to allow for the problem. My fault, not hers.

I was up and walking in Walmart 3 days after my surgery. NOT pushing a heavy buggy.. but out in public.

I tired easily..and my doctor did not release me for all activity until 6 weeks, but overall, it was a much easier recovery than the 2 c/sec's that I had 20odd years ago when I was younger.

You should do fine. You may experience bumps and bobbles in the road to recovery, but overall, I think you will find this a good option for a hyst.
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Unread 05-17-2008, 11:49 AM
da Vinci?

Thanks, bookworm & Melissa. I just finished watching a webcast of a daVinci hysterectomy. I am glad to know that the recovery will be easier, but I am really worried about the positioning part. I have a serious chronic back problem that causes constant pain, so I am worried that spending 4 hours in a fixed position will cause problems later.

My doctor knows about my back issue, and that I have to take pain meds on a regular basis, so he has assured me that they will be aggressive in pain control after the surgery. That is comforting, but I'm worried about what happens when I go home. With the back pain I always have and then abdominal pain on top of that....

I almost wish they were doing this tomorrow just to get it over with. It's almost too much to wait a whole month. The more I think about it, the more I worry. I know I shouldn't, but I can't help it!
Unread 05-17-2008, 12:04 PM
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I was prescribed Percocet q 4 hours prn (every 4 hours as necessary) for the surgical/abd. pain and what I did was to take anti-inflammatory meds (motrin) for my arm pain on the two hours opposite my Percocet.

For example, I would take 2 percocet at noon, 800mg of motrin at 2pm, 2 percocet at 4, 800 mg of motrin at 6.. etc.

ASK your doctor if you can alternate medications something like that. Ask that she/he be specific about what kind of pain meds you can do for back pain after surgery.

I had some back muscle spasms a few years ago (way before my hyst) and they gave me a medication called Skelaxin that helped alot. It's expensive, but I thought it was well worth it.

My doctor used an epidural as well as general anesthesia for my surgery. If your doctor uses epidurals, I think there's a long acting medication that they can use before the epi is removed. Mine was left in for 12 hours after surgery for pain control.

Good Luck.

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