Surgical Robot at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen Helps Mom Recover Quickly
07/31/2012

ALLEN, Texas — Women have all heard horror stories on the recovery time for a hysterectomy, and as a nurse, Lori Hoover knew that women in the past had spent a week in the hospital after a hysterectomy. But technology is changing that. Surgeons at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen now use the daVinci® surgical robot for hysterectomies, which helps lessen recovery time.

Lori Hoover
Lori Hoover
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When Hoover was needing a hysterectomy, Dr. Timothy Sandmann, an OB/GYN on the medical staff at Texas Health Allen, suggested the operation using the hospital’s surgical robot. The Sherman resident said she liked the idea because of the shorter recovery time, less blood loss and less pain.

“I was able to go home the next day after surgery and I really felt decent within a few days,” Hoover recalled. “I told my husband I should have milked it for a little longer because I was back to cooking dinner and taking care of kids that week.”

Within three weeks she was walking Disney World with her 9-year-old daughter. “That’s a big thing to do three weeks after surgery,” she said. “I feel like it’s really come a long way and I’m glad I didn’t have a hysterectomy of the old days.”

She said she also appreciated Sandmann’s very caring bedside manner and the attention showed by the Texas Health Allen nurses on the recovery room floor.

Minimally invasive robotic surgery helps blend compassionate patient centric care with the latest in technology.

“It’s a great advancement for residents of Northern Collin County and beyond to be able to have minimally invasive robotic surgery near their home,” Sandmann said. “We continue to look at ways to better care for patients and get them back to their lives more quickly.”

From a remote command center just a few feet from the patient, surgeons can direct the moves of the robotic system to navigate deep inside the body. Because the robotic arms are so slim, surgeons can perform complex procedures with incisions smaller than half an inch long.

Minimally invasive surgery allows physicians to perform many kinds of major surgery with less patient trauma and pain, minimal scarring, faster recovery and shorter hospital stays. Surgeries are performed through small incisions instead of the large incisions needed for conventional open surgeries.

About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen is a 73-bed acute-care hospital serving the northern Collin County area since 2000. The hospital’s services include women’s services, a Level II neonatal intensive care unit, orthopedics, pediatrics, wound care and sleep medicine. Texas Health Allen, an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, has more than 500 physicians on its medical staff practicing in more than 25 specialties. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL or visit TexasHealth.org/Allen.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health systems in the United States. The health system includes 24 acute care and short-stay hospitals that are owned, operated, joint-ventured or affiliated with Texas Health Resources. It includes the Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Arlington Memorial and Texas Health Harris Methodist hospitals, a large physician group, outpatient facilities, and home health, preventive and fitness services, and an organization for medical research and education. For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.

Doctors on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospital.