From surgery to setting sail

Pat's Story

A woman stands on the deck of a cruise ship, admiring the gorgeous view in front of her. A cool breeze floats over her and she knows she is right where she should be. This woman’s name is Pat Sand, and she recently had robotic surgery.

Pat had suffered a series of painful gallbladder attacks over a period of about 1½ years and was eventually referred to Ministry’s Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff. An examination revealed sludge and several stones in her gallbladder. Pat recalls her surgeon going over the various options with her, discussing recovery time and weighing the benefits of each. Pat’s surgeon recommended robotic surgery to remove her gallbladder, and Pat agreed.

Recovery time was very minimal for Pat, allowing her to go on the cruise she had been planning on just 2½ weeks later. She was also extremely impressed with how minimal the pain was during recovery.

So here Pat stands, enjoying another cruise, and another adventure. She is thankful to be feeling better again, and even more thankful for how quickly her recovery went. She may be traveling all over the world, but she had never felt more at home.

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