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The little bit of down time that Stacy Siracki experienced after a robotic-based hysterectomy is a far cry from the years of persistent problems she endured.
“I was a little sore but I was walking around Home Depot on Monday,” she said.
Just the Friday before, on May 25, the 43-year-old was the first patient at the hospital to undergo a hysterectomy where her surgeons used a robotic-surgical system, called da Vinci.
The NCH Healthcare System bought the da Vinci system in 2005 for prostate cancer treatment and is now expanding its use for other minimally invasive surgeries.
The da Vinci is advantageous to surgeons because it provides better range of motion with the robotic instruments for more accurate incisions, and that spares healthy tissue.
So far, he and McLean have performed da Vinci hysterectomies on five local patients, all of whom stayed in the hospital for 24 hours afterward, just because use of the da Vinci for hysterectomies is new to NCH and to the operating room team. The patients came to the hospital the day of the surgery.
“It can be performed as an outpatient procedure,” he said.
McLean likewise said the advantages with the da Vinci system compared to other laparoscopic systems is the greater depth of field and better wrist movement ability.