A less invasive procedure for women who need a hysterectomy will also mean a shorter recovery time. Wednesday, we went to Mother Frances Hospital where the procedure is being offered. We spoke with an East Texas woman who was about to undergo what could be a revolutionary procedure.
50 year old Nadine Rider of Tyler has known for a year she needs a hysterectomy. Today, technology has given her a better option.
"The procedure will allow me to get back to my normal activities in a quicker amount of time, less pain and less invasive," says Nadine.
Dr. William Brown with Tyler Obstetrics and Gynecology will be performing the laparoscopic supracervical hysterectomy on Nadine. We were invited in to observe the procedure and here's how it's done.
"We look in the abdominal and with a laparoscopic and we secure all the blood supply to the uterus and then take the uterus off the cervix and use a morcellator. Basically suction out the uterus in pieces so the patient doesn't have a large incision," says Dr. Brown.
The largest incision is about the size of a nickel and the other three are much smaller.
"The advantage to the robotic and supracervical to me, the patient has a lot less pain after surgery. And after surgery, can get back to work 7 to 10 days, instead of 4-6 weeks," says Dr. Brown.
That's made this the perfect option for Nadine.
"You will be able to get back to your family in a quicker time, and back to enjoying life," says Nadine.
And that could end up making it the best option for thousands of East Texas women.
Nadine is out of surgery and is doing fine... Dr. Brown says women would not be eligible for this procedure if they've had cancer.