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For Pelvic Floor Disorder, Robotic Surgery Improves Quality of Life

Pelvic floor disorder can cause recurring infections

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Eve Loiselle is grateful that a surgery performed by Jennifer Klauschie, MD, solved issues shared by many women.

At 74, Eve Loiselle is an active volunteer and the caregiver for her husband, Cornelius, after his heart attacks. She couldn't afford much time away from home.

But she needed to end the constant urinary tract infections caused by vaginal prolapse. It's relatively common for women as they age, particularly for women who have had children. Eve, a retired nurse and restaurant manager, has seven, including a set of twins.

Women often put off the surgery, sometimes because of embarrassment, sometimes because of busy lives, said her physician, Jennifer Klauschie, MD, a gynecologist with specialty training in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery. Women live with the consequences such as frequent urinary tract infections, leakage, incontinence, bowel difficulties, bulges, pain or pressure, sexual discomfort, and other issues.

A Possible Cause of More Serious Issues

"Pelvic floor disorders are not lifethreatening issues, but they are big quality of life issues," Dr. Klauschie said. "As patients get older, recurring infections can cause more serious problems. If you can take care of the underlying cause, there is no need for long-term antibiotics. I had one patient tell me she wished she had the surgery before her husband had died so they could have danced again."

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David Kaplan, MD, Dr. Klauschie's partner, referred Eve for evaluation and treatment after recognizing that the prolapse was causing the infections. With the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System, Dr. Klauschie completed the pelvic repair — essentially moving the organs back to the proper positions and relieving the pressure — at John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital.

"Our group often provides multidisciplinary care for our patients, and this approach, along with our use of the latest technology, improves outcomes," said Dr. Klauschie.

Eve spent one night at the hospital and was home the next day. Married for 54 years, the Black Canyon City couple can't travel in their motor home like they used to, but they did use it last year to see their children, grandchildren and greatgrandchildren in Minnesota.

Years ago, Eve's surgery would have required open surgery with a C sectionlike scar, a longer hospital stay and a longer recovery.

"It was important to me that I wasn't gone that long," Eve said. "The doctor and staff at Deer Valley have been fabulous. They are really caring, and I didn't feel like I was just another patient. I felt like I got personal care."

Learn more about minimally invasive surgery at JCL.com/scarlesssurgery.

Are You a Candidate?

If your doctor recommends surgery, you may be a candidate for minimally invasive surgery, an effective alternative to open surgery.

John C. Lincoln Hospitals offer a variety of options, including the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System. The possible benefits of minimally invasive surgery are numerous:

  • Less post-operative pain and discomfort.
  • Less risk of infection.
  • A shorter hospital stay.
  • Faster recovery and return to normal daily activities.
  • Less scarring.
  • Better patient outcomes.

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