A busy grandmother of three, Lou Greer always prided herself on her good health. A visit to her doctor, however, briefly challenged that perception.
“I was shocked when I learned I had uterine cancer,” said the then 68-year-old Wilmington resident. “I’d always thought of myself as healthy and active.”
Fortunately for Lou, relief and a return to good health was only miles away in the form of New Hanover Regional Medical Center’s Robotic Surgery program, the region’s only. There, she found NHRMC gynecological oncologist Walter Gajewski, MD, one of the Program’s ten fully-certified robotic surgeons.
An alternative to traditional open surgery and laparoscopy, robotic surgery offers patients smaller incisions, in most cases no bigger than the size of a dime, or 1-2 centimeters; less blood loss; shorter hospital stay and recovery time, and a generally faster return to normal daily activities.
“Robotic surgeryoffers greater surgical freedom in the operative field because of its highly maneuverable instruments, which rotate 360 degrees,” said Dr. Gajewski. “What this means during surgery is better tissue manipulation and improved surgical precision.”
Using the industry-leading da Vinci S robotic surgical system and with the expertise that can only come from being part of one of the state’s finest robotic surgery programs, Dr. Gajewski removed Mrs. Greer’s uterine cancer quickly, precisely and with only minimal pain.
With a fast recovery that had her back walking and driving in no time, Mrs. Greer quickly returned to a picture of health.
“My recovery went very well,” said Mrs. Greer. “I’d recommend robotic surgery to anyone.”