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Robot-assisted surgery: One patient's success story

When 77-year-old Nancy Lindberg was diagnosed with uterine cancer in March 2005‚ she took the news in relative stride. Her disease was at a low level-stage 1-and she felt she was blessed with “good genes and a good‚ strong body.”

To remove and contain the cancer most effectively‚ doctors recommended that she have her ovaries‚ uterus‚ and fallopian tubes removed.

Nancy Lindberg

When surgical oncologist Peter Argenta‚ M.D.‚ suggested that she would be a good candidate for minimally invasive surgery with the da Vinci robotic surgical system‚ she was optimistic.

“I am the type of person who doesn’t like to be laid up for anything‚ not even a cold‚” says Lindberg. “So when I heard that I could recover more quickly through this type of procedure‚ I was all for it.”

Lindberg couldn’t have imagined that it would be so easy. She had the procedure on a Thursday morning and was walking around the next day. By late Friday morning‚ Argenta had given her the green light to go home.

Today Lindberg remains cancer-free and has had little pain from the surgery. “If all the stars are aligned and people can qualify for this‚ I think it’s a great option‚” says Lindberg. “In my own personal case‚ I cannot say enough good things about it.”

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