Women's Health Texas – Austin

Advancement in hysterectomy surgery promises recovery in days

Watch patient Carolyn Lucas and Dr. Neyman share how new innovations have made a hysterectomy as close to an outpatient procedure as you can get.

Video Transcript

0:00-0:18
(Male News Announcer)
Another improvement in a surgery that used to put women out of commission for weeks this latest advancement in technology makes a hysterectomy as close to an outpatient procedure as you can get. All new at six one Austin woman shares why it’s not only what the doctor ordered but perfect for her busy lifestyle.

0:19 – 0:20
(Female patient)
I am a triathlete and ultra-marathoner

0:21 – 0:27
(Male News Announcer)
Austinite Carolyn Lucas is physically fit. She’s also a wife and the mother of a boy who’s about to turn two.

0:28-0:30
(Female patient)
Now I’m back to my mommy duties

0:31-0:39
(Male News Announcer)
Lucas had to take a quick break to have a hysterectomy. That’s right we used the words quick and hysterectomy in the same sentence.

0:40-0:41
(Female patient)
After I would say four days I thought I could take on the world.

0:41-0:55
(Male News Announcer)
That’s because Lucas opted for the da Vinci robotic single site hysterectomy. It allows doctors to perform the entire surgery through one small incision in the belly button it’s a far cry from procedures done back in the day.

0:55- 1:03
(Female Doctor)
We made a big smiley face on your on your abdomen like we do c-sections where we cut through muscles and recovery was eight weeks usually spend a week in the hospital.

1:04-1:10
(Male News Announcer)
Soon doctors turn to laparoscopic and even robotic surgery but that still required three to five incisions

1:11 – 1:16
(Female Doctor)
The reason why I’m a believer is that they go home the next day they’re waiting on me to send them home.

1:17-1:26
(Female patient)
The recovery time was quicker and being a very busy mom of a 23 month old that was the selling point I just basically needed something quick and fast

1:27-1:29
(Male News Announcer)
Quick, fast and virtually undetectable

1:30-1:36
(Female patient)
The incision was in my belly button so I don’t have a scar on my stomach or anything I can still wear my bikini.

1:39
(Male News Announcer)
Neyman is one of only four doctors who performed the single site hysterectomy in Central Texas all of them are at the Texas Institute for robotic surgery at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center for more information check out the link that we’ve set up at the end of the story on KVUE.com