Meet Irene F. from Lancaster
I didn't have time for the pain
"There comes a time when you just have to get severe pain out of your life. The constant cramping was becoming unbearable. I had tried other options and nothing worked. You begin to lose hope. Lucky for me I had Dr. Yingling and the team at Women & Babies on my side. I was also fortunate that my condition was ideal for da Vinci robotic surgery. Dr. Yingling told me that I would need a total hysterectomy and the removal of my left ovary. He spelled out the benefits of robotic surgery — just a few small incisions, significantly less pain post operatively and a much faster return to work. It almost sounded too good to be true."
Life before da Vinci Robotic Surgery
"It was hard to believe the life I was leading before the surgery. I would spend entire weekends in bed because the pain was so bad. As an EMT and a volunteer firefighter, I do a lot physical work and being active is important to me. The pain I was experiencing was making both my job and my volunteer work difficult. I knew that da Vinci robotic surgery was my best chance to be pain-free."
Dr. Yingling to the rescue
"I had a da Vinci hysterectomy at Women & Babies Hospital and it has changed my life. Dr. Yingling was great. He was very thorough and explained everything in detail and in a way that was easy to understand. He was also very encouraging throughout the whole process and knowing that he was one of the most experienced surgeons with this procedure put my mind at ease."
Recovering my life back
"With da Vinci robotic surgery I was out of bed and walking the same day I had surgery. I was released from the hospital the day after surgery. The pain is virtually gone and I am a new person. I was back at work just weeks after surgery and am now able to perform the physical duties I was having trouble with before. I'm also back at the firehouse in full force."
Women & Babies Hospital was wonderful
"Having the surgery at Women & Babies Hospital was wonderful. I had the procedure under the care of a whole team who were really focused on making everything just right. I knew that female surgeries were their specialty and that they have so much experience that I was truly in the best place to have this type of surgery. I am fortunate to be living an active life again and to have had a hospital like Women & Babies and a surgeon like Dr. Yingling caring for me. My job as an EMT is to help save lives and I feel like everyone at Women & Babies, in a sense, helped save my life."