Texas Health HEB Provides Additional Treatment Options with da VinciĀ® Surgical Robot

BEDFORD, Texas — Tammi McAlister woke up from her recent robotic hysterectomy and didn’t require any pain medication. Sound like a dream? For McAlister of Keller it wasn’t. The 33-year-old’s surgery was the first performed using the da Vinci® SI robotic surgical system at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford.

Not only did she experience minimal pain, but in less than a week she was back at her 10-year-old son’s baseball games and living life normally. McAlister recalled the long recovery time her sister experienced with a traditional hysterectomy, more than six weeks to recover, and decided she wanted a different option.

“I felt having it done robotically was definitely the way to go if you have to have it done,” she said. “I think I took one pain pill. I feel fine. I keep telling my sister you should have done it this way.”

The da Vinci® robot enables surgeons to make small one centimeter incisions and perform total laparoscopic hysterectomies, rather than the larger incisions used previously. And because the procedures are done with such small incisions patients tend to recover faster and with less pain.

“We have seen great success with the first cases completed at Texas Health HEB,” said Dr. Mark Messing, a gynecologic oncology surgeon on the medical staff at Texas Health HEB who performed McAlister’s surgery. “I am thrilled to be able to offer this option to my patients for their surgeries at Texas Health HEB.”

In addition to gynecological surgery, the da Vinci® Surgical System can be used to treat endometriosis, fibroid tumors, plus a variety of cancers, such as gynecologic cancer. The $1.7 million robot provides 3D HD vision capabilities, plus hand-eye instrumentation and movement for controlled precision and accuracy. The da Vinci® system is controlled by surgeons seated at a console next to the patient's bedside.

“Texas Health HEB offers a variety of minimally invasive surgical options and the da Vinci® system is another avenue for treating patients said Deborah Paganelli, FACHE, hospital president. “Investing in this technology is just one way we are working to improve the health of the people in the communities we serve.” For more information, visit TexasHealth.org/CuttingEdge.

About Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford is a 296-bed, acute-care facility serving Northeast Tarrant County since 1973. The hospital’s services include outpatient surgery, women’s services, a Level III neonatal intensive care unit, a dedicated oncology care unit, cardiac rehabilitation and psychiatric and addiction treatment. Texas Health HEB is an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/HEB.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. Texas Health’s system of 13 hospitals includes Texas Health Harris Methodist, Texas Health Arlington Memorial, Texas Health Presbyterian, and an organization for medical research and education. Texas Health is a partner in eight additional hospitals or surgery centers. Texas Health Physicians Group provides a variety of models for engagement with physicians. Texas Health Partners is a joint venture development and management company owned by Texas Health Resources. Texas Health MedSynergies is a joint venture that offers physicians a range of office management and other business services to support their practices. Texas Health SingleSource Staffing is a joint venture designed to help Texas Health hospitals improve patient care by recruiting and retaining quality nurses and allied healthcare professionals. 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.