Cindy Jamison wasn’t afraid of having a hysterectomy when she learned it was the only way to stop the stomach pains she’d been suffering for two years. Cindy went to see her OB-GYN, Dr. Gregory Miller, after her primary care doctor found fibroids in her uterus.
“I had friends who had fibroids taken out and later had to go back and have a hysterectomy,” says Jamison, who has been married 30 years and has a 29-year-old daughter. “I wanted it all done at once.”
What she dreaded was the recovery after surgery. “I’m a busybody,” she says. “I don’t like sitting still.”
|Cindy was able to get back to the activities she enjoys, like feeding the ducks at her pond thanks to a quick recovery time.|
When Dr. Miller told her about a new minimally invasive surgery that offers a remarkably short recovery time, she jumped on the idea. The advanced procedure — a da Vinci robot-assisted single-site hysterectomy—can be performed in less than two hours. More important, it requires just one small incision in the navel, which often speeds up healing and limits scarring.
“I was interested in the faster healing,” Jamison says. But she never expected the results to be so phenomenal. The surgery went so well, she was able to go home the same day. “You can’t even see the scar,” the Hampton resident says. “You’d never know I had surgery.”
Dr. Miller and three other Beaufort Memorial physicians are the first surgeons in the Lowcountry to offer the advanced procedure.
Typically, traditional laparoscopic hysterectomies require three or four incisions in the abdomen. With each incision there is an added risk of complications. “With only one incision, there is less risk of complications, less pain, faster recovery and better cosmetic results,” says Miller, a board-certified OB-GYN with Beaufort Memorial Obstetrics & Gynecology Specialists,
An assistant merchandise manager at Home Goods on Hilton Head Island and an active member of Eden Baptist Church in Bamberg, Jamison opted for the single-site hysterectomy to get back to her busy life as quickly as possible.
“I took some pain medicine that night and the next morning,” Jamison recalls. “I didn’t take it again after that. I didn’t have any pain from the surgery.”
Now her stomach pains are gone. “I’m back enjoying walks with my husband and feeding the ducks in our pond,” Jamison says. “I feel wonderful.”