Thanksgiving week 2010 took an unexpected turn for 39-year-old Lucinda Piggott. Her husband rushed her to the emergency room when Lucinda began experiencing vaginal bleeding, the product of uterine and ovarian cysts.
This bloody experience was just one of many struggles with her female organs. Lucinda suffered from abnormally painful and heavy periods, which plagued her up to three times a month. When Lucinda was 21, her doctor even suggested she have a hysterectomy, but she refused. As she grew older, her periods worsened and seriously affected her quality of life.
Lucinda followed up her emergency room visit with Dr. Meera Nair, a gynecologist who is among those trained to provide minimally-invasive robotic surgery for women at North Florida Regional Medical Center. After discussing her options with Dr. Nair, Lucinda decided that it was time for her to have a hysterectomy.
“Why was I still fighting the fight? We weren’t having any more kids,” Lucinda explained. “When all this bleeding started, it was the final straw.”
Lucinda decided to have her hysterectomy performed robotically because it was the least invasive procedure and required less recovery time than having the surgery performed in an open, traditional way with a large incision. Not being out of commission for long was especially important to Lucinda, who is a mother of six, grandmother of one and a 911 dispatcher.
Dr. Nair performed Lucinda’s robotic surgery on Friday, February 11, 2011. Later that evening, the same day of surgery, she was on her feet laughing with her kids by the hospital elevators. She went home the next day. By Monday, just three days after surgery, Lucinda was back on her treadmill at home.
“It turned out to be the best thing I’ve ever done,” Lucinda says of her surgery. “I feel great.”
Just ten days after surgery, two of Lucinda’s five surgical incisions were completely healed, two other incisions were almost healed and one incision was healing quickly.
“I would have never guessed that four days after I had surgery I’d feel so great,” Lucinda says with a laugh. “Actually, I was able to pull out the Wii Fit and go strong. Hard to believe, but it’s true!”