After years of suffering from the pain and discomfort of adenomyosis, Rhonda Bryant, 48, of Dalton, needed relief.


 More than Menstrual Pain?
Although there is no known cause
of adenomyosis, some experts
believe the condition results from
endometrial cells invading the uterine
walls. Adenomyosis is more likely
to occur in women who have had a
cesarean section.

While some women experience no
symptoms at all, others suffering
from the disease report mild to
severe abdominal pain.

Additional signs of adenomyosis include:
• bleeding between periods
• heavy or prolonged
menstrual bleeding
• pain during intercourse
• passing blood clots during
your period
• severe cramps lasting throughout
your period or worsening with age

Rhonda Bryant and nephew Eli TimmsAdenomyosis is a condition where the tissue that normally lines the uterus also grows within the
muscular walls of the uterus, causing pelvic pain. Treatments for adenomyosis can range from prescribing medications such as Lupron® to various surgical methods, including endometrial ablation.  A hysterectomy is often considered the most effective treatment in patients diagnosed with adenomyosis.

Robotic Surgery
Due to Rhonda’s condition and the fact she suffered from additional gynecological problems, including cervical and ovarian cysts, a hysterectomy turned out to be the best option for treatment. Her doctor was able to use the most advanced technology available for the procedure—the da Vinci® Surgical System.

According to her doctor, undergoing a minimally invasive hysterectomy using the da Vinci system was ideal for Rhonda because of conditions that would have made a laparoscopic procedure very difficult, if not impossible.  The da Vinci system allows surgeons to operate through very small incisions, thereby reducing trauma to the abdominal wall muscles, and resulting in a faster recovery for patients.

The following are additional benefits of minimally invasive hysterectomy:
• fewer complications
• less pain
• minimal blood loss
• shorter hospital stays

A Fast Recovery
Rhonda underwent a hysterectomy on September 1, 2009, and returned home the following day. After the procedure, which took about four hours, Rhonda experienced almost no pain, she is now back to performing the activities she loves, such as playing with her grandson and nephew pain-free.

“After the surgery, I felt so great I often had to remind myself I had just had surgery,” says
Rhonda. “I was extremely impressed with the care I received. The care at Hamilton was excellent, and the staff was extremely attentive. ”

For more information on the da Vinci system, click here.   To learn more about Hysterectomies and your surgical options, click here.

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