You can't woo a nurse who needs surgery. Nurses work in the business - they know how to talk shop, they do their research and they discuss everything with other nurses. To complicate matters, pile on years of experience...wooing a nurse then is especially difficult.
With 27 years experience in the field, Sue Long was such a nurse. When she faced GYN surgery, she investigated the matter, spoke to colleagues and shopped around. Nothing was getting by her.
She had an ovarian cyst. For a year, she and her OB/GYN monitored it. Routine ultrasounds indicated the cyst was not growing or changing. Sue's doctor thought it should be removed and quickly recommended laparoscopic surgery.
Sue wanted a second opinion. "Surgery sounded so flippant," Sue says. "There was more I wanted to explore."
So she reached out to her colleagues. "I have friends at three hospitals in the valley," she says. "And Dr. Mann's name kept coming up."
OB/GYN Christopher Mann, MD, is a member of the Easton Hospital medical staff. "My friends praised his technical ability and his robotic training," she says.
Sue thought she was meeting with Dr. Mann only to get that second opinion...but she ended up finding new OB/GYN.
"In just two appointments with him, he took the time to discuss my history, to listen to my concerns and to complete more tests," she says.
They talked about surgical options, surgical approaches and surgical goals.
Sue decided to remove an ovary, but if there were signs of endometriosis, she wanted her uterus removed as well. She also decided on minimally-invasive robotic surgery.
Dr. Mann performs single-site robotic surgery at Easton Hospital. Through a single incision in the belly button, he can perform complex GYN surgeries with fewer complications and faster recovery times.
Sue went in for surgery and was shocked that she walked out the same day. Her surgery was scheduled to last two hours. In the operating room, the nurses and staff made her comfortable. "They were kind, courteous and explained everything they were doing," she says.
During the operation, Dr. Mann discovered that the cyst in fact was an endometrioma - that the lining of the uterus had grown into the ovary. Complicating the matter was how close the cyst was to an artery and a ureter - the tube that carries urine from the kidneys to the bladder.
The two-hour surgery lasted four and a half hours. Sue had given Dr. Mann permission to move to laparoscopic or open surgery if he ran into a complication. But he stayed with the single incision.
He liked the precise control and clear visual advantage that the robot offered. "A surgery this delicate just required more time," Dr. Mann says.
When Sue woke in recovery, she was comfortable. "The staff checked in on me frequently and managed my pain well."
By dinner-time, she was eating and walking around.
"I never thought I'd be able to go home the same day," she says. "An outpatient hysterectomy...I just couldn't believe it."
More surprising, Sue was back to work in two weeks. The first week was a week of taking it easy and healing. "My mom came over and we worked on a quilt," she says.
Her second week was back to normal. "The hardest part was not over exerting," she says. "I felt so good that I'd forget I shouldn't do things."
"And if you look in my belly button, you can't even see the scar," she says.
Need less to say, Sue was wooed by Dr. Mann and wowed by Easton Hospital. "He is now my OB/GYN," she says. "And I expect my daughters and friends to follow in my footsteps."
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