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Angie's Story

Minimally invasive gynecology options offered at Spencer Hospital Surgery Center



Angie Edington had her hands full with three young sons, a busy daycare business and a reoccurring health issue that was taking its toll on her body and spirit. A heavy, unpredictable menstrual flow with painful cramping was wearing her out and she was afraid her premenstrual mood swings were causing havoc on her family.
Angie had been experiencing these health problems ever since the birth of her youngest son in 2006, which were becoming increasingly worse and more frustrating. She decided to take action and made an appointment with OB/GYN specialist Dr. Brian Wilson of Northwest Iowa Surgeons PC, based in Spencer.
“Dr. Wilson was great,” Angie recalls. “He gave me two options, to have an endometrial oblation or laparoscopic hysterectomy. I choose the hysterectomy and am glad I did. I have felt great ever since.”
Angie was admitted to Spencer Hospital’s Surgery Center one morning, had the surgery performed, stayed at the hospital overnight and was discharged the next day.  Six months later, she not only is symptom-free, she only has a few small scars, each about a quarter of an inch in length, to show for her surgery.
In this type of procedure, the surgeon inserts a thin, lighted telescope-like instrument called a laparoscope and other small surgical instruments into the navel and abdomen through three to four small incisions. The laparoscope acts like a video camera, guiding the surgeon as he carefully removes the uterus through one of the incisions. The procedure varies depending on the health needs of the patient. Some women have their tubes and ovaries removed; others only have the uterus removed, and some patients also have their cervix removed.


“I do most hysterectomies and other gynecological procedures using a laparoscopic method,” explained Dr. Wilson. “It is much less invasive,  there is less pain and recovery is much quicker than traditional surgical methods.”
Angie said the only complication in her recovery was due to not following doctor’s orders.
Angie admits: “Dr. Wilson told me to take it easy for a minimum of two weeks, to pretend each day was a lazy Sunday for a while. Instead I did too much, only took two days off work, and had to go to the emergency room, ending up back in the hospital because I popped a stitch. By the way, Dr. Slattery, who was on call and took care of me in the emergency room, was excellent too.”
During her two brief stays in the hospital – one night post-surgery and the second night after her ER visit, Angie expressed that she received excellent care from the nurses and entire staff. “Everyone was great and they also were welcoming when Jay and the boys – Cole, 9, Brock, 7, and Alec, 5 – came to visit.”
“I’ve recommended this procedure to quite a few people,” Angie said. “If I had to do it all over again, I would do it without any hesitation. The pain is minimal. All three of my boys were born by C-section and compared to that, this was a breeze.”