The six-hour procedure required coordination among two surgeons and two anesthesiologists, along with two anesthesia technicians and other operating room personnel.
“The care I received was excellent. The entire staff was wonderful to me,” Stowell said. “When I left the hospital, I saw a double rainbow and I knew everything would be OK.”
The procedure went extremely well and, as a result of the minimally invasive, robotic approach, Stowell experienced less pain and a shorter hospital stay than a patient would with a standard open procedure.
“Patients who undergo this complex oncologic operation also receive state-of-the-art postoperative care by our surgical critical care team,” Lind said. “The technical expertise of the surgeon and the care delivered in the perioperative period are critical.”
Stowell looks forward to continued healing and good health. Other than a few dietary restrictions, she has returned to her usual schedule. She has completed her first rounds of chemotherapy and will have a few more months of treatment for the remaining cancerous cells.
“Despite chemotherapy, I feel fine most days and look forward to getting back in the garden,” Stowell said. “I am so thankful to have my husband’s support and my sons close by. I am feeling fine after my surgery and look forward to spending more time with my family.”