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Mercy OB/Gyn Performs Area’s First Robotically Assisted Endometriosis Resection

8/16/2011 12:00:00 AM  --Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center
Toledo, Ohio - Women suffering from endometriosis have a new option for treatment in Toledo, thanks to Mercy and Susan Pohlod, MD, Obstetrician/Gynecologist, who performed the area’s first robotically assisted endometriosis resection on June 17 at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center. Dr. Pohlod’s patient, Tara Dillow, reports that she is recovering well and already has noticed an improvement in her symptoms.

Endometriosis is a condition in which uterine lining is present in other pelvic organs, often on the ovaries. It can cause painful menstruation and the formation of cysts, lesions and adhesions that can damage the fallopian tubes and ovaries, causing infertility. Treatment can include pain medication, hormone therapy or surgical removal of the abnormal tissue (endometriosis resection).

Dr. Pohlod performed the endometriosis resection on Tara using the Da Vinci Surgical Robot at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center. This allowed her to perform the surgery through a minimally invasive technique that eliminates the need for large abdominal incisions. Instead, micro-surgical instruments are inserted through tiny holes.

The small size of the instruments allowed her to precisely target the endometriosis and avoid or minimize any disruption to the surrounding tissue. In this way, robot-assisted surgery can help preserve or even restore normal gynecologic function.

“I’d had problems with my menstrual cycle since it started,” said Tara, who has been a patient of Dr. Pohlod for several years. “As I’ve gotten older, it’s gotten worse. I’ve tried other treatments, including a traditional laparoscopy, injections, medication and D&C, but nothing helped ease my pain. I couldn’t deal with it anymore. I’d been to other doctors who seemed to have no idea how to help me, and I was facing a hysterectomy. I am only 29 years old and wasn’t ready for that. Dr. Pohlod presented this option to me, and it sounded good.”

A month after her surgery, Tara reports that she is still healing and is a little sore, but she is getting better.

“I’d had a lot of severe lower back pain from the endometriosis,” she said. “I had days when I could barely walk or sit because of the pain. After the surgery, I experienced almost instant relief from the pain I had suffered for many years.”

Tara said she recommends Dr. Pohlod to friends and family frequently.

“She is great,” Tara said. “I love her. I drive an hour-and-a-half each way, from Fremont, to see her, and she’s worth the drive. She has a great personality, really listens to you and really cares about you as a person. When Dr. Pohlod gave me the option for this procedure, I jumped at the opportunity. I had already tried everything else and felt I was running out of options. It has been one month since my procedure, and I have minimal scars that are healing up very nicely. If anyone out there is suffering from the pain of endometriosis, I urge them to give this procedure a thought before doing anything drastic, such as a hysterectomy. If you want a doctor who is caring and down-to earth, Dr. Pohlod is the one to call!”

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