New Machine Helping Women

by Audry Kensicki on March 22, 2010 at 9:49 am

It’s a surgery that can cause many women pain, both emotionally and physically. But thanks to a new device, the pain and recovery time for a hysterectomy is cut in half.

A laproscopic hysterectomy is now being replaced by the Da Vinci surgical system at Genesis Health Care Systems in Zanesville.

Dr. Linda Swan said using this robotic device has many advantages.

"From the patient’s standpoint, it’s leaps and bounds beyond what a woman had to experience," she said. "There are only four small incisions on the abdomen, where there were large incisions going up and down or across. Usually it’s just an overnight operation. They’re home by the next day."

Dr. Swan said by the age of 60, one out of every three women will have a hysterectomy. With such a large group of people opting to have the surgery, the Da Vinci device could lessen pain for many.

"The patients I’ve had have need little if any pain medication afterward," she said. "There is much less pain. Women are back to work within usually two weeks, back to their regular activities in a couple of weeks."

Genesis will have an open house tomorrow at the Bethesda Meeting Rooms from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Dr. Swan and one of her colleauges will be there answering questions.

You can even take the Da Vinci machine for a test drive yourself, using it to pick up pennies and rubber bands.