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Not Your Grandmother’s Hysterectomy

As a teen, Pat Davis was plagued by difficult menstrual cycles. First, there was cramping then, as she got older, the bleeding became unusually heavy.

Pat Davis

A friend referred her to Robert Darrow, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. Dr. Darrow discovered several non-cancerous tumors in Pat’s uterus and offered her two treatment options: uterine balloon ablation or a partial hysterectomy. With the balloon procedure, there was a chance that Pat’s heavy bleeding would return. A partial hysterectomy would leave Pat with only one working ovary but provided a more permanent solution. Pat chose to have a partial hysterectomy at the age of 43.

At the Margot Perot Center for Women and Infants on the campus of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, members of the medical staff worked alongside Pat’s referring physician to create a care plan that recognized her specific needs and made sure she was comfortable with the procedure. She then underwent single-incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS), a breakthrough technique that offers little or no scarring. The procedure was done through a single incision in Pat’s belly button, and is typically performed as a day surgery.

“This is not your grandmother’s hysterectomy,” Darrow said. “Unlike conventional and robotic hysterectomy procedures where three to four incisions are made through the stomach muscle, the SILS procedure requires only one incision and the muscle is unaffected, so the patient experiences less pain and a quicker recovery. This is why I like to use SILS whenever it’s appropriate.”

The Margot Perot Center’s Gynecological Surgery program has been accredited as a Center of Excellence for Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery, so Pat knew before undergoing surgery that she would be in good hands. Plus, Darrow is a pioneer in the Dallas-Fort Worth area in the use of the SILS procedure for obstetrical and gynecological purposes.

“Having the partial hysterectomy was the best decision I’ve ever made,” Pat said. “I had the surgery on a Wednesday and was back at work the next Monday. There were no complications and the experience has been life-changing.”

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