Tammy Neelis: Minimally invasive hysterectomy
Tammy Neelis, a 36-year-old runner and spinning instructor, avoided having a hysterectomy for as long as possible, primarily because she did not want to interrupt a physical fitness regime that is both her passion and her way of life.
When her gynecologist, Gary Farhat, MD, told Tammy about the availability of a minimally invasive hysterectomy involving robotic technology and requiring a far shorter recovery time, she was interested. “I had a chance to see the daVinci® Surgical System in action, and it was amazing,” Tammy said.
Progressively difficult menstrual cycles finally convinced Tammy it was time for surgery, and she scheduled hers at Henry Ford Allegiance Health. “If I had known how easy it would be for me, and how much better I would feel, I wouldn’t have waited so long,” she said. “After having the surgery, I can honestly say I feel better than I ever have.”
The daVinci Surgical System is a high-precision robotic that allows physicians to perform delicate surgeries with greater control and much smaller incisions. Patients often experience less pain, minimal scarring and a quicker recovery. “My surgical experience was wonderful, fabulous really, and the staff took excellent care of me,“ said Tammy.
Tammy was home the next day, never took a prescription pain killer and took her daughter to the movies the following day. Within two weeks, she had the okay to return to work—and she ran three miles that same day.
As soon as she returned to work, Tammy began training for the half marathon she will run in late spring. “This wouldn’t have been possible if I’d had a traditional hysterectomy. Henry Ford Allegiance Health’s purchase of the daVinci robot was a great investment for our community,” Tammy said.