Another big plus with da Vinci is that the robotic instrument “functions more like a human wrist in that it can bend the same way,” he added.
All of these things make it easier to do the surgery with fewer complications.
This typically results in faster recovery and fewer days spent in the hospital. “With da Vinci, recovery after surgery is about 50 percent faster,” Dr. Quijano said.
Cynthia was a great example of the faster recovery time — she was released from the hospital the day after surgery.
“It was a snap,” she said. “It was so easy. I even went on a 10-day trip just two weeks after the surgery. I had no bleeding and no pain. I didn’t have to take anything like pain medication.”
Aside from a few small scars less than an inch long each, Cynthia noticed her belly button was “black and blue” after the surgery. It was a startling, but painless, reminder of her experience.
“I told my grandchildren I had a purple pansy belly button,” she laughed. “That bruising went away and the scars are mostly gone now. I would definitely recommend da Vinci surgery. I was thrilled with the results.”
BY MARIA ZATE | PHOTO BY GLENN DUBOCK