Using Robots For Surgery… Da Vinci – The World’s Most Advanced Surgical Robot


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Sharing with you my story about my successful surgery using Da Vinci Robot at my article today at BusinessWeek Mindanao – LifeStyle section. Hope you learn something from it and to those who are going through something then this can be your best alternative.

Remember, health is wealth. Take care of your health. I learned it the hard way. Keep stress and negativity out of your life… Stay happy, laugh more and eat healthy (I’m still trying to perfect this). Hehehe.

Love this quote… “Disease cannot exist in a happy body” – The Secret

BusinessWeek Mindanao – LifeStyle Section by Empress M (October 22-23, 2015)

Using Robots For Surgery… Da Vinci – The World’s Most Advanced Surgical Robot
Last November 2014, I experienced something not normal with my menstrual cycle so I decided to visit a doctor here in Cagayan de Oro City. She told me that I had a cyst in my right ovary and that it had to be removed because it was too big already for the medicines to work. But, the only option that she gave me was an open surgery like that of a C-section.

My husband, Elmer, and I wanted to get a second opinion and look for other options in Manila. Before leaving, we did some research and we came across Dr. Rebecca Singson, an Obstetrician Gynecologist, also an accredited Laparoscopist and what’s great is that she pioneered Robotic Surgery in the Philippines and served as the Head of the Gynecologic Robotic Surgery Program at St. Luke’s Medical Center Global City.

We visited her clinic at St. Luke’s Global. And yes, we really had to remove the cyst. She gave us options such as the traditional laparoscopic procedure or the Robotic Surgery. Elmer wanted the best for me so we chose the Robotic Surgery and we had my cyst removed from my right ovary last March 2015.

What is Robotic Surgery? According to Dr. Rebecca Singson, “Robotic Surgery is the cutting edge in Minimally Invasive Surgery using the Da Vinci robot to remove tumors. It involves attaching a robotic sidecart to the patient, attaching the “arms” of the robot through ports or holes we make on the patient’s abdomen, then the surgeon controls all the instruments through joysticks on the surgeon’s console which is far away from the patient. It’s such an enabling tool that we can remove tumors as big as watermelons through 8mm “band-aid” incisions. We can remove ovarian cysts, myomas and cancer in women with Robotic Surgery. For men, Robotic Surgery is now the gold standard for prostate cancer surgery. That way, you get to preserve the male patient’s ability to urinate and to have erections. Patients can go home in 24-48 hours after a robotic surgery and can be back to work in 7-10 days!”

I remember, it was surgery today, out of the hospital tomorrow. So fast, less pain, minimal scarring and faster recovery. Six months after surgery, I had to do a repeat ultrasound to check if everything is back to normal. To be honest, I couldn’t wait for six months to pass because I wanted to be sure that everything is already perfect. So just last week, I had my appointment with Dr. Leovigildo Comia at St. Luke’s Global. He’s an Obstetrician Gynecologist and Obstetric Gynecologic Ultrasonologist. Dr. Comia is very nice and calm so it made me feel extra relaxed. I heard that he is the Supreme Court of Ultrasound. Hehehe. I felt so relieved when he said, “Everything is normal!” Finally! What a relief! After the ultrasound, I was excited to show my results to Dr. Rebecca Singson. Everything is perfect! I’m so happy
and grateful.

I can say that technologies nowadays are amazing as they make our lives better. Combined with the best doctors, we are safe. And, with God, anything is possible.

“There are an endless number of things to discover about robotics. A lot of it is just too fantastic for people to believe.” – Daniel H. Wilson

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This was taken last March 2015 at St. Luke’s Global. From Left to Right: Dr. Manuel Cuenca – Anesthesiologist; ME; My Husband, Elmer; Dr. Rebecca Singson; and, of course, Da Vinci Robot at the background behind Elmer.

Dr. Rebecca Singson on the console of Da Vinci Robot

With Dr. Leovigildo “Boy” Comia after my Ultrasound last Monday, October 12, 2015

With Joan, the nurse who assisted Dr. Comia with my Ultrasound

Taken last Thursday, October 15, 2015 for my check up with Dr. Rebecca Singson

With Clarisse and Maika, the efficient secretaries of Dr. Rebecca Singson who never fail to remind me about my appointments

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