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Post Real Life Waldos
I recently had surgery, and the doctor did it with a Da Vinci robotic surgical system.

If I had had this particular procedure done in the traditional, non-laproscopic way, I'd have been in the hospital recovering for a week due to the large incision, and likely needed some sort of blood transfusion to replace that lost during the operation. As it was, I lost about 100 ml of blood, and went home the next day.

Not only does the robotic system allow micro-manipulators, but the control system "smooths out" tremors and vibrations from the surgeon's hands, allowing for more accuracy with the knife than could be done manually.

I keep forgetting to ask the doctor (at follow up visits -- I had one today) if he's ever heard the term "Waldo" applied to the system.


Mon Apr 11, 2016 8:45 pm
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Post Re: Real Life Waldos
BillMullins, I hope your recovery is quick and complete!

My daughter-in-law had a laparoscopic cholesystectomy a couple of years ago. She went home the next morning and was back at work a few days later.

By contrast, my gall bladder was dug out in 1979. While there were complications, and the surgeon had to drastically extend the incision, the original slice was a good 3½ inches. Had there been no complications, my internist guaranteed me I'd be in the hospital for several days and recovery would have taken a couple of weeks.

Those surgical Waldos are amazing devices! (I don't care what they call them. They'll always be Waldos to me.)

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Post Re: Real Life Waldos
Swift recovery, Bill.


Wed Apr 13, 2016 6:51 pm
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Thanks for the good wishes. Recovery has been pretty good.

Word to the wise -- get your prostate checked.


Tue Apr 19, 2016 7:25 am
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Excellent advice, BillMullins.

I get checked every year (blood test and physical exam), ever since my bladder started "saving some for the next time," if you get my meaning.

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