"The next day, I took one pain killer and that was it."
Pam Chenail of North Adams quietly made history at Berkshire Medical Center as the first patient to undergo surgery using the da Vinci® Surgical System. "I wasn't hesitant at all," she said when her surgeon, Andrew Beckwith, MD, described the robotic-assisted platform, its unmatched precision, and the promise of a much quicker recovery. "Dr. Beckwith was very enthusiastic, and I said 'let's do it!'" The outcome of her hysterectomy still amazes Pam. Read More
Karla Delair's Story
Karla Delair’s Gallbladder Surgery Marks a First for Massachusetts
When Karla Delair woke from her gallbladder removal surgery, she naturally expected to be in some kind of discomfort. After all, she had undergone abdominal surgery, and as a Registered Nurse, she knew that it could be relatively long and uncomfortable recovery period. It was much to her surprise when her nurse asked her how much pain she was in, and she replied, “None whatsoever.” Even her surgical nurse couldn’t believe it, and after asking again several times, Karla agreed to take one medication – an ibuprofen and nothing more. Read More
Donald Latif's Story
"This was the easiest operation I ever went through."
Don Latif is a self-employed master plumber in the Bennington, Vermont, area. It's hard for him to be out of work for a long period of time, even when the diagnosis is cancer. When Don learned he had prostate cancer and needed surgery, his wife went to the computer to begin research. She quickly uncovered two important facts: First, robotic-assisted surgery was ideally suited to some prostate treatment and second, Jonah Marshall, MD, a urologist at BMC, specialized in robotic-assisted surgeries. Read More