Paul Wegner said he wasn't having any problem with his colon before a routine colonoscopy discovered a precancerous tumor there.
"It wasn't cancer or anything, so I wanted the doctor to just scrape it out," said Wegner, 70. "He said it was too big a growth and not in a good place, so he used robotic surgery to get it out."
Jace Hyder, MD, of Midwest Surgical, used da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System at Via Christi Hospital on Harry for Wegner's colon resection in August, removing 8½ inches of his colon. The problem was so low in the pelvis that the surgery would have required a very long incision without da Vinci and a much longer recovery period.
"Where my problem was, I needed a specialist," said Wegner. "So far, I think he's done a great job."
Instead of the long recovery period of traditional surgery, Wegner was back home in Haysville, Kan., four days later.
"The robot really saved me hospital time," Wegner said. "I liked it when I first heard about it. The doctor was sold on it and he sold us on it. There was not near as much intrusion to get in there to get the job done.
"I am still totally amazed, for no more cutting than they did," said Wegner. "I was feeling great in no time."
"Your hospital was very caring, too," Wegner added "All your staff took really good care of me. I have no complaints. I was really impressed with everybody."