Health & Lifestyles
Robotic-assisted surgery now offered at St. Joseph’s-North
LUTZ - The first Florida hospital to use the da Vinci robotic surgery system for general surgery is offering the minimally invasive procedures at its newest hospital. The first St. Joseph’s Hospital-North patient to have robotic-assisted surgery is a Lutz resident who said the new procedure greatly reduced her recovery time. “I was fine after four or five days,” much less than the two or more weeks expected, said Cheri Crider Kyprianou. “Of course, it depends on the surgery you’re getting,” said the 42-year-old, who underwent a robotic-assisted hysterectomy on March 13. “It was really important to me to have the shortest downtime,” said the mother of two toddlers. “I think it’s incredible,” she said, reporting substantially less pain during recovery than following conventional surgeries she has had. “I’ve been talking it up to anybody and everybody.”Hysterectomy is one of the most common robotic procedures completed at St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital in Tampa, said obstetrician/gynecologist Pamela Dale Twitty, who performed Kyprianou’s surgery at the Lutz hospital. “Recovery time for hysterectomies conducted via robotic surgery is usually just two to four weeks, as opposed to six- to eight-week recovery times after an open procedure,” Twitty said. “We want our patients back to their normal lives as soon as possible,” she said. “With robotic-assisted surgery, we can offer our patients less pain, shorter recovery time and quicker return to their normal activities.” Some patients are discharged the day after the procedure, hospital officials say. Robotic-assisted procedures offered at one or more of the four St. Joseph’s Hospitals are: general surgery, colorectal surgery, gynecological surgery, gynecological/oncology surgery, urological surgery and gallbladder surgery.