Updated 06/20/2011 05:00 AM
Healthy Living: Surgery using robots
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Just weeks after major surgery, Rachel Adonis feels good. Good enough to return to the gym.
"I feel as though I'm back at 100 percent," Adonis said.
Adonis is certainly tough, a breast cancer survivor, she lost her mother to ovarian cancer in 2003.
"I was in a high risk category," Adonis said.
Last year, when doctors found an ovarian mass, Adonis decided to have a hysterectomy.
"Once you understand what's ahead and what the options are and what the risks are, it was a relatively simple decision," Adonis said.
In 2005 doctors, like Eugene Toy of Rochester's Highland Hospital, started to look at this procedure in a new way. Using a three armed robot and a state of the art remote console operated with hand and foot controls, Dr. Toy is able to make smaller and more precise incisions, achieving better results.
"As far as I'm concerned, we're expediting the whole process and that can only, for me, give patients better quality of life, get them back to their daily routine," Dr. Toy said.
This technique is not only easier for the surgeon...
"I can tell you that the longevity of the surgeon is tremendously maximized," Dr. Toy said.
...It leads to quicker recovery time for the patient.
"Some had told me that it took them a year to recover fully," Adonis said.
Aside from a little discomfort, Adonis's recovery time exceeded her expectations.
"After the next day, I'm on my way home. I can walk. I can do everything without limitations," Adonis said.
With a clean bill of health, Adonis isn't looking back.
"My only limit is my self-imposed limits based on what I can do," Adonis said.