Last Friday our younger son Sean had outpatient surgery for a hernia repair. We always help him out with things like that since he is single and lives alone. As with many surgeries he had to be at the hospital early - 6 a.m. early. In order to get to his house to pick him up and then to the hospital in time we left our house at 5 a.m. I am not really a morning person but you do what you have to do in these situations. The difficulty we encountered was the fact that just as we were leaving, our area got hit with a major severe thunderstorm that lasted all morning. Let’s just say the trip to get him to the hospital was not a lot of fun with the storm and the morning rush hour combined.
We did get him there in time despite the storm and traffic. Due to the increase in covid in our area and new hospital restrictions we had to just let him out at the door. We were not allowed to enter the hospital and wait inside. That was difficult for me as a Mother but as my son reminded me, he is an adult. We knew it would be several hours so we found a restaurant that opened at 6:30 a.m. and went there for breakfast and coffee. We managed to spend a couple of hours at the restaurant and then went back to the hospital parking lot. There was really no place we wanted to go after that and we wanted to stay close to the hospital so we waited in the car. We noticed there were others waiting in their cars too. The increase in covid combined with the almost full hospitals does create some changes in many different ways. I received several calls from the recovery room nurse telling us he had done well but had to stay in recovery a bit longer. Finally, around 1:00 p.m. they let us know we could pick him up. He was groggy but basically doing okay and we drove him back to our house to stay for the initial recovery time.
After we got home, he casually mentioned to me “You know a robot did my surgery.” I stopped what I was doing and said “A what did your surgery?”! Sean thought it was rather cool that his surgery was done by a robot. Yes, I have heard of that being done these days, but somehow I had not expected it. I was glad he didn’t tell me that before the surgery as I think I would have been much more worried!
|This is the type of robot that was used.*|
Apparently the surgeon he had and the hospital he was in are well know for their robotic surgeries. I looked up the hospital and read about this type of surgery and I must admit it sounded good. They say there are many benefits of this type of surgery including greater surgical precision, increased range of motion, improved dexterity, enhanced visualization and improved access. There is also less pain, less risk of infection, less blood loss, less scarring and faster recovery. Sean said the surgeon sat at his head at a computer with a screen showing the magnified view of the surgery.
|The doctor sat at a console similar to this.*|
Sean is sore and tired but overall doing well, thankfully. Advancements these days continue to amaze me. But you know, I’m still glad he didn’t tell me it was a robot until after it was over!
* Credit for photos: By Cmglee - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=39437443