On June 15, Enereyda Gonzalez was at work when the pain on her left side began. A full-time counter manager for a cosmetic line and a grandmother, she normally pushes through minor aches and pains. This time it was worse. She knew she had to go to the closest ER.
“I thought I was passing a kidney stone, since I had them before. This pain was different. I was referred to a gastroenterologist. After a series of tests, he discovered my gall bladder was the culprit, and suggested I have it removed. He recommended I see General Surgeon Sandra Esquivel, MD. I liked her immediately and felt confident in her. She explained the outpatient procedure would have only one incision.”
“On June 30, I arrived at Edinburg Regional Medical Center at 7:30 a.m. One of the nurses explained that the surgical robot was going to be used, and that I was the first patient at Edinburg Regional to have the SingleSite® robotic surgery. I had one small incision that was sealed with surgical glue and only four internal stitches.”
“My surgery went smoothly and by 1:30 p.m., I was home recovering. I had some discomfort for a few days, but after that, I was fine. After a week, I was driving, and I was cleared to return to work after two weeks. I feel great, and am so thankful to Dr. Esquivel and all the nurses who took excellent care of me. I have referred friends and coworkers to Edinburg Regional Medical Center. It is a wonderful hospital and I couldn’t have asked for a better place to have my surgery!”
If you need surgery and would like to know if robotic surgery is an option for you, talk to your primary care physician. See a full listing of physicians using the da Vinci® Xi™ system.