HealthWatch:Robotic Surgery

Published 07/22 2014 05:11PM

Updated 07/24 2014 09:35AM

Green Bay (WFRV) There are constantly new innovations in the medical field-- many to help make surgeries more efficient and easier on the body.

And now robotic surgery is helping patients get back on their feet faster.

Jane Pribek had always suffered when she went through her menstrual cycle, and it got worse after every child she had.

"I had two week periods and heavy menstrual pains and periods and the ovulating hurt a lot every month," said Jane Pribek, had hysterectomy.

And it effected what Jane could do with her kids during that time, "I didn't want to go out and do fun activities, I would rather stay in the house," explained Jane.

So after the couple's third and final boy, Jane went to her gynecologist Dr. Stephen Sehring at Aurora BayCare Medical Center, obstetrics & gynecology, Aurora BayCare Medical Center.

Jane had several choices including hormones and ablation, but none would relieve all her symptoms. So Dr. Sehring recommended a robotically assisted total laparoscopic hysterectomy.


"What we are trying to do with surgeries was become more and more minimally invasive," explained Dr. Stephen Sehring

Dr. Sehring says there are three advantages to robotic assisted surgery. First the size of the incision.

"We use very small incisions. Four little ports that are eight millimeters in size," explained Dr. Sehring

Which means less scarring. The second advantage --- the surgeon's vision.

"With the robot we have and HD picture a high def picture. Its binocular vision so we get depth perception on the t.v. screen and it magnifies things up to ten times what their normal size is," explained Dr. Sehring.

And the third-- precision, "This is like having a human wrist inside the abdomen so you can actually come around corners and do things more easily," explained Dr. Sehring.

For patients it's a quicker recovery time.

"Back to the smaller incisions people just get better quicker. Less blood loss, fewer infections," said Dr. Sehring.

"Great, I recovered very quickly, within a week I felt like I could do what I did before," said Jane.

And now nothing is stopping Jane from having fun with her family, "I do a lot more with them, go swimming and do all the fun things," said Jane.




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