For twelve years, Deana had been experiencing pain and bleeding almost every day—unusually severe symptoms of an irregular period
that often precedes menopause. Finally she sought help from Dr. Ranae L. Yockey, an obstetrician and gynecologist at Northwest Community Hospital.
"Doctor Yockey is an exceptional human being," Deana says. "My first appointment, we talked for almost 40 minutes before she examined me," Dr. Yockey recommended a hysterectomy.
But Deana was extremely concerned about being cut across the abdomen and the possible loss of her ovaries. That was one of the reasons Dr. Yockey recommended minimally invasive surgery using the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System. The da Vinci enables surgeons to perform delicate and complex operations through only a few tiny incisions while offering them increased vision, precision, dexterity and control.
Deana was a little nervous at first. "When I saw the da Vinci Si, I was intimidated," she laughs. "It is big machine and it felt overwhelming to know that a 'robot' was going to be part of the surgery. At the same time, I was aware that it allows doctors to do things that they cannot do on their own." Deana went ahead with the da Vinci surgery and is thrilled with the results. "Dr. Yockey waited for me to wake up in post-op," says Deana. "The first thing she told me was that she saved my ovaries and didn't have to cut across my stomach." She also told Deana that they discovered a hernia during the operation and were able to repair that as well.
"After this surgery, it is remarkable how I feel. I feel great!" says Deana. "I would absolutely recommend da Vinci surgery at NCH. I was extremely impressed with my care; I had an amazing team for each part of my experience." Including the big "robot" with the delicate touch that helped take Deana's pain away forever.
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