Dr. Stella Blosser on Minimally Invasive Gynecological Surgery

[♪♪♪] I’m Stella Blosser,
and I’m an obstetrician/gynecologist with a specialty in minimally
invasive gynecologic surgery, and I work for Mid-Atlantic
Permanente Medical Group. So, minimally invasive GYN surgery, it’s just a different way
of doing surgery. Back in the day,
people didn’t have a lot of choices, so with abdominal surgery,
you got a big incision. And of course, it’s not as cosmetic,
but it’s also more painful. It requires a longer hospital stay, you need two months to recover,
sometimes longer. And with minimally invasive surgery, we’re looking at outpatient surgery, meaning you can go home the same day, even within hours of your surgery,
and recovery time is much shorter. Instead of two months,
it could be two weeks or even less. So less pain, faster recovery,
back on your feet faster. So I had a patient who came to me after she was diagnosed
with really large fibroids. Actually, she had known
she had fibroids for a long time. Basically, she really needed
to have surgery pretty urgently. Only, her fibroids had become
so big by that time, almost everyone she had seen told her, not only would she need
to have open surgery, she was gonna have to have that
big vertical up and down incision. And she worked at a job where if she
doesn’t work, she doesn’t get paid. And being told that
she was gonna to have to take two months off
was a real problem for her. And I reached out and I said,
I think I may be able to help her. Right away, we booked her to see me
for a consultation in the office. And then once I saw her, we had to
kind of come up with a game plan. We’re gonna do surgery at what hospital,
when is she gonna see her urologist? She had a great surgery,
I’m happy to say. Not only did she have
it minimally invasive, she had it outpatient and she was able
to go home that same day, out of the hospital. It was a really smooth transition between multiple specialists to take care
of this tough case. [♪♪♪]

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