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A Victim of Robotic Surgery Speaks Out

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I hope this story helps someone who is thinking about having or who has had a robotic hysterectomy

Before January 8th 2010 I was a very energetic and outgoing people person. Today I am far from that. All I do day after day is sit, think, cry and worry.

I am so depressed.
I am so angry.

What was supposed to be the best way to have a hysterectomy with less blood loss, less
pain, fewer complications, and was supposed to have me returning to work in 2 weeks has become my worst nightmare.

Now after my surgery I not only suffer physical pain from the injuries the robot caused me, but I also have to deal with the emotional and mental trauma it has brought to my life.

In 2010 I suffered from painful periods and heavy bleeding, so after consulting with my doctor I decided to have a robotic hysterectomy. I was told this was the safest and best way to have a hysterectomy, with fewer complications and less time spent recovering.

I had the surgery on January 8th 2010. Then beginning January 14th I started experiencing high fever, chills, and pain in my lower left quadrant. After a visit to my doctor it was found I had an abscess on my pelvic cuff and I was admitted into the hospital. There I was given large amounts of antibiotics, pain meds, and was subject to a variety of tests. I was taken back into surgery on January 17th to drain the abscess which tested positive for e-coli. I was finally discharged from the hospital on January 20th.

After I was released from the hospital, I continued to have intense pain on my left side that never seemed to go away. I have seen about thirty doctors since January 2010 in an attempt to fix my symptoms. In 2011 I was finally diagnosed with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (also known as RSD) in my left pelvic area all the way down into my back and left leg. This constant pain is caused by the damaged nerves and blood vessels that I experienced after my hysterectomy.

Every day I live with intense pain and take several medications to try to lessen the symptoms. I have also been diagnosed with pelvic pain during sex, which can be devastating at times. I thank god I have such a wonderful, caring, and understanding husband who has been by my side every step of the way.

Due to the massive amounts of antibiotics I had to take as a result of all of the surgeries performed to fix my complications, I also have been diagnosed with c-diff. This bacterium thrives when antibiotics destroy the natural levels of normal bacteria a person’s intestines. Because of this, I have an appointment scheduled with my gastroenterologist to start the protocol for me to have a fecal infusion.

Every day I battle with fatigue, depression, and anxiety. I was recently transferred from my local job to another location an hour away. Due to the nature of my medical conditions I was unable to drive such a long distance. This eventually led me to being terminated from my job. I have been a hard worker for over twenty-five years and now I feel like I have lost everything.

I wish I knew then what I know now. My entire life has been torn upside down all because of robotic surgery. I will never be the same person I was before. Thank you for listening to my story and please think twice before considering robotic surgery.


Patricia Mayfield

7 Responses to “A Victim of Robotic Surgery Speaks Out”

  1. Ashley Nelson says:

    I hope a lot of people are able to see this blog! Love you!

  2. Wendy says:

    I am so glad you decided to speak out about your experience!! I have watched you suffer for too long. I hope that anyone reading this blog takes the information to heart and seriously reconsiders before having any robotic surgery. No one should have to live this way!! I watched my friend go from a very happy person to a shell of who she used to be. Don’t let this happen to you!!

  3. kristi roberts says:

    Patrcica- I really hate this happened to you. I hope everything will be ok

  4. Angel says:

    Im only 30 and just before turning 29 I had a pyloplasty done to my kidney with the DaVinci machine. The surgery was in 2011 and here it is beginning of 2013…the kidney hurts more, the scars are bad and the pain where all the scars are located gets horrible. I need to see a doctor to find out if scar tissue built up and to find out if that machine messed the kidney up further. I was terrified of that machine and begged the urologist not to use it.

  5. Katye says:

    I know how you feel I’m only 27 and experienced close to the same issues! But your lucky you found a doctor that would see you I can’t get an obgyn to touch me with a ten foot pole! I really hope your doing well and my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family!

  6. neoma says:

    I am so sorry this is happening to you. It is helpfull however to know that others are going through this trauma too. I wouldn’t wish this on anyone. I thought I had lost myself. This is just not me I don’t do anything life has no purpose anymore. When you get this email I hope you are doing better. My surgery was July of 2012, and I am still having so many emotional and physical problems, like you I just want to be myself again. Thank you so much for opening up and putting this problem out there for others. Hopefully it will help others like me who are struggling with life.

  7. I am scheduled to have robotic surgery March 26th 2013 and have been second questioning myself ever since the dr wanted to do this. This mrng march 11th the hospital called to schedule my pre register for operation. Then I started thinking if I wanted to do this or not that I have been having bad feelings and I turn the tv on and the commercial for the lawsuit against this was on. I immediately got on the website and read your story and I would love to hear what you have to say. I dont think I want to do this , I am in enough physical and emotional pain already. If you would like to talk please contact me back. Thank you for your story and I wish you well.

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