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07/01/2014

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I want to express my sincere gratitude to Dr Kristine Borrison for taking amazing care of me throughout my Da Vinci robotic hysterectomy experience.  I suffered for over a year with large uterine fibroids in areas of my uterus that produced intense symptoms and a resulting lack of quality of life.  Prior to this, I had known an impeccable state of health and vitality as an athlete, so this was an unwelcome change of events.  I sought out treatment and surgery options searching for the right solution.   Several top doctors opinions advised, that in order to return to my normal state of health and vitality, I needed a hysterectomy.  

After much research, I discovered the da Vinci robotic surgery would be the least invasive and quickest recovery time, which suited my busy professional, athletic and personal life.  I sought out the best doctor to perform my surgery.  I must say the Hyster-Sisters website was also instrumental in assisting me making my decision of what kind of hysterectomy surgery to have, as they have a lot of detailed information about the surgeries and thousands of women’s personal stories and experiences.  I read a lot of women’s experiences from women who had the traditional abdominal hysterectomy, and they seemed to suffer greatly in their pain and slow recovery time, not to mention their huge scars.  Thousands of women raved about how easy their da Vinci robotic surgery and recovery time was, and that their four tiny incisions were just that, tiny.  

I met with Dr. Borrison, and knew I had found my doctor/surgeon and the right route for me – the da Vinci robotic surgery.  Dr. Borrison is very knowledgeable, experienced, compassionate, and insightful and she was able to answer all my questions and put my mind at ease with the upcoming surgery.  I also watched the CD she gave me and videos of the surgery, which helped me visualize a successful outcome.

It was simply the best decision about my health I ever made (besides doing my best to keep myself as healthy as possible)!  The surgery itself and 24 hour hospital stay was a wonderful experience with all the caring nurses, anesthesiologist and Dr. Borrison’s impeccable care.  Dr. Borrison’s expertise and compassion shone brightly.  I have to say I smiled from ear to ear (and probably a lot with the happy sedatives they give you before they roll you in), when I saw the big Da Vinci robot with all those arms in the surgery theatre.  I thought, now this is pretty amazing futuristic ’Star Trek' technology we have these days that helps heal women in the least invasive way possible!   Dr. Borrison really is a super star surgeon with a huge heart, bright mind and technology along with angels on her side!  

After the surgery, the first few days I had some pain, but it was manageable with the prescribed lighter pain meds, and I slept a lot.  I took a full two weeks off running my business to heal and recover, and proceeded to sleep and rest a lot while also taking 3-4 small 10-15 minute walks each day and eating very healthy, which really helped me bounce back quickly.  I am grateful I took that time for myself.  After that, I was able to get back to work and life as I paced myself, and now 6 weeks out I am fully recovered, doing amazingly well, and thankfully exercising and doing other activities again.  Mostly, I am SO grateful to have my quality of life back and I know it was one hundred percent the right decision for me.  I can say I feel incredibly blessed to feel healthy, vital and strong once again!

Thank you Dr. Borrison!   

If you are reading this, you must be suffering in some way, and I wish you all the best in your healing process.  Know you are in very good hands with Dr. Borrison and her staff.  She takes her physician oath of care seriously, and for that I am forever grateful.

Carrie



 
 
If you are considering a hysterectomy with the DaVinci Surgical Robot, I HIGHLY recommend it. I had my hysterectomy in November 2012 and I could not have asked for a better outcome.   It just so happens that I worked for the creator of the surgical robot, Intuitive Surgical, about 10 years ago and I never thought I would be a patient.  My surgeon, Dr. Kristine Borrison, was awesome and my recovery was truly amazing.  I had surgery on a Monday, went home from the hospital the next day and I was feeling great by Thursday, of the same week!  I was amazed that the down time was minimal.  I did take three weeks off of work as recommended by my physician and enjoyed every minute of it. Additionally, I only took Motrin for a few days when I was home and I did not require any narcotics. Again, amazing!

I contemplated this procedure for about eight months and my body was forcing me to make this decision but I was resisting yet another surgery as I was diagnosed with early stage 1 breast cancer in 2010. I had to come to terms with the fact that this important organ in my body that allowed me to carry my children, now had to be removed.  I was truly struggling with having another surgical procedure but I was also being reminded, on a monthly basis, why I needed to have this procedure done. After learning that I had a large uterus, four fibroid tumors that totaled 18 centimeters, and a cyst on one ovary, the time had come to proceed with surgery.  Dr. Borrison explained she would make 4 small incisions (the size of your pinky fingernail) on my abdomen, I would spend one night in the hospital and I should plan to get some rest for the next few weeks during my recovery.   

Truly, this is the future of surgery and how wonderful it is that the patient can recover so quickly. 

Carla GS

 
 
If you are reading this website it’s more than likely that you know all about the pain and inconvenience
of menstrual issues. I will spare you all the details of my monthly woes prior to making the decision to
have the da Vinci robotic hysterectomy surgery but suffice it to say my menstrual symptoms were
becoming increasingly debilitating.

I was referred to Dr. Charlene Reimnitz in September of last year. As soon as I met her I felt comforted
by her empathetic approach to my situation and felt confident I was in good hands. She advised me and
gave me literature on various different procedures and also gave me a CD about the da Vinci robotic
method of doing a hysterectomy. I was terrified at the thought of surgery but after much thought and
research I realized that this was the best option for me. I scheduled the surgery for January 2012 and
was extremely satisfied with my experience from start to finish.

Dr. Reimnitz and her staff explained every step of the procedure to me in detail. They made me feel like
I was a top priority for them. The day of surgery I was very nervous but once I was admitted to the
hospital I was given a sedative that totally relaxed me. I remember seeing Dr. Reimnitz in the operating
theater and her welcoming smile and confident demeanor reassured me and again underlined my belief
that I was in very good hands. Surgery commenced at about 9:00 am and the next thing I was aware of
was waking up at about 2:00 pm in my room and feeling no pain. The hospital staff was wonderful.
Later in the evening I felt some pain in my abdominal area but it felt like I had just completed a tough
Pilates class. The nurses medicated me well and I awoke the next morning feeling pretty good. I walked
around the corridor at 6:00 am and passed all the requirements to be released. I was home on my sofa
by 10:00 am. For a few days after surgery I felt some cramping but managed it with OTC pain
medication. I was able to do some neighborhood walks, and generally took care of myself. Two weeks
after the surgery I felt really good but unfortunately I got the flu. The truth is, the flu took more out of
me than the surgery. I would highly recommend this procedure to anyone who needs it. There is no
need to suffer any longer than you have to because of fibroids. Life is too short. My health and the
quality of my life has greatly improved since my surgery and I can’t believe how liberated I feel being
free from monthly painful periods.

In addition, I want to mention the staff the Los Olivos. They are marvelous. Denny handled all the
insurance paperwork from my preapproval to my final payments and my billing was accurate and
correct. I know many people spend a lot of time doing battle with insurance companies but I am happy
to say, I wasn’t one of them.

Many, many thanks to you all,
Joan McG.

 
 
After suffering heavy menstrual bleeding for two years. I started a period that would not stop. After 2 weeks I went to my OB and she said it was probably time for an ablation. I had had an examination that indicated my uterus was thicker than normal and tests came back fine. An Ablation and D&C was scheduled two weeks out. After another week of bleeding I called my healthcare nurse line. They told me to get a second opinion. That is when I contacted Dr. Reimnitz. After a thorough examination, she determined a hysterectomy was the best solution for me. Dr. Reimntz suggested the da Vinci robotic approach. The plan was to leave the ovaries to allow me to go into menopause naturally. I had fibroids on the outside of my uterus. A D&C would not have helped with my problems.

I had the surgery on September 4th 2012, and I did stay in the hospital for one night. I was not in a lot of pain but had nausea and wanted to stay where they could prevent me from actually getting sick. The next day I went home. I took my pain medication that day only and the next day I switched to Advil. Thursday I felt good. I had a low grade fever and that was it. Saturday I went to a 50th birthday party.  At my one week visit I was told I could resume my normal activities but to listen to my body and don’t overdo. Day 11 I left for Florida to visit my daughter for her birthday. I was back to walking 4 miles at the end of week two! I was more tired than usual but that is all!

It is week four and only one incision is still visible. I would highly recommend this to anyone in place of having a regular hysterectomy.

I had total faith in Dr. Reimnitz and the Da Vinci procedure. I had read the brochure and watched the procedure online.

Cheryl G.
 
 
I was skeptical at first.....you can do a hysterectomy with a robot?  Well, let me tell you, it is a fact and it is the way to go.  I had my surgery on a Monday morning, and went home early on Tuesday.  I was tired....does anyone sleep well in the hospital?  I took two naps that first day and watched TV and movies when I wasn't napping.  I took the Motrin as recommended, but never needed anything stronger.  I was a little uncomfortable for a couple of days, but really didn't feel too bad at all...and certainly nothing like I had envisioned.  By the 4th day, I was off the pain pills and able to go out of the house on short errands. After a week, I was walking the dogs and doing most of the non-strenuous activities around the house.  An occasional nap was a nice treat, but certainly not necessary.  My tiny little incisions healed right away, and after two weeks, I was ready to go back to work.  Instead, I stayed home another week and did some fun projects at home.  This recovery was so much easier than I had expected!  I would highly recommend going with the robotic surgery over traditional surgery whenever recommended.  Dr. Borrison was fantastic!  Thank you!  
Kathy J. 
 
 
My recent hysterectomy surgery was my sixth stomach surgery. Having some experience with surgeries I must say the da Vinci method was phenomenal for recovery. 

In the hospital I shared a room with a women that had the same medical issue, a large tumor inside the uterus. Unfortunately for her she had the “open” approach and was having a difficult time. She had to spend two extra days in the hospital and was very uncomfortable, needing a lot of pain medication, leading to other complications.  She was very sad that I just got rolled in and was going home the very next morning as she was having such a tough time. 

My surgical experience using the da Vinci robotic has been very impressive and I don't know why anyone would not ask about this method and if feasible, insist on using this minimal invasive method.  I am so grateful for having such a wonderful surgeon that has the training and experience in performing this type of surgery making my experience so successful, by far the easiest recovery ever!!

I do need to warn prospective patients about doing to much too soon. Feeling pretty good you can easily over do and not give yourself enough time to recovery on the inside.

Thanks Doctor Reimnitz, you are awesome!!!
Carol 
 
 
Dr. Reimnitz

I wanted to let you know that I am amazed at how well my robotic hysterectomy and recovery went.  After seeing friends go through the “traditional” hysterectomy and taking weeks to recover and not feeling well, I put off having a hysterectomy as long as I could.  When a friend told me about you and  robotic hysterectomy I decided it was time to seek your opinion.  If I had known it would have gone this well I would have done it sooner. 

I had my surgery done on a Friday and by Monday I was done with the prescription pain medication.  I was walking around so well that my family decided that I was recovered and started asking  if I could do errands and cook for them.  I should have taken some acting lessons before I went in, in hopes of getting some real sympathy and a longer rest, ha!

Now that the stitches are out, you hardly see the marks where the robotic arms went in.  I’m convinced that robotic surgery is the way to go and would recommend it to anyone considering a hysterectomy.

Jean

 
 
I would like to share with you my surgical experience using the da Vinci robotic and how pleased, impressed and grateful I was over the whole process!

For about 7 months I had been experiencing heavy menstrual bleeding and discomfort, it was debilitating and prolonged.  After several rounds of testing and it was determined that the best solution for me was to undergo a Hysterectomy.  Dr. Reimntz who has been my trusted doctor for 13 years suggested the da Vinci robotic approach.   At first it was intimidating knowing that a machine would be operating on me. It was overwhelming and a little nerve-wracking.  Perhaps is I was a bit old school, but l know it was my responsibility to research the process so that my husband and I could make an informed decision.  I read the information provided by Dr. Reimnitz and then read about peoples personal accounts.   I read reviews and  watched the procedure on U Tube which made it less intimidating for me.   To make light of this it reminded me of something out of theTransformers Movie; my son and I made a named it  “Hysterectomaximus”.

After my research, I felt comfortable going ahead with our decision.  Knowing that it was the least invasive way to have a hysterectomy and the recovery was quick made the decision easier.  Having my trusted relationship with Dr, Reimnitz, we scheduled my operation.  

I had the surgery on March 3rd 2011 and everything went well.  I was in the hospital for one day with some discomfort the first day out of surgery. The next day I went home.  I began to recover quickly. It was GREAT.  By the third day I was able to go on a short trip to the grocery store. By the sixth day I drove by myself to the mall for a short outing with a friend.  By the end of week one,  I was at my son's baseball game and by week two I felt about 95% back to normal. Mind you, I rested and made sure not to overdo it.  While I was at home, I never took any of the prescribed medication and took only Aleve during the whole time!  Week 3, I was ready to go back to the office at 100%.  

Dr. Reimnitz was awesome and reassured me that all will be well.  The outcome was the best decision made for my health and the recovery was quick. As a busy working mom in a High Tech industry, this was the solution for me. Dr. Reimntz will took great care of me!  Don’t let the da Vinci robot intimidate you. Know that a full surgical staff is there with you.  Dr. Reimnitz and her staff made sure all went well and it did.  This is my one year anniversary of the procedure and life is good!

Regards,
Michelle 

 

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