Englewood, CO - HealthONE's Swedish Medical Center Surgical Robotics Institute announced their first robotic-assisted cystectomy last month. The surgery, performed by urologists Julien Dagenais, MD, and Mark Jones, MD, of The Urology Center of Colorado, is just one of several new advanced robotic procedures introduced at Swedish through the institute this year.
"I feel so lucky to have found Dr. Dagenais and Dr. Jones," said Brianna Robinson, the first patient at Swedish Medical Center to receive the minimally invasive procedure. Brianna suffered from Interstitial Cystitis, or IC, a very painful chronic bladder health issue that is often mistaken for a urinary tract infection. "I was going to the bathroom over 100 times per day. It was excruciating pain and it took over my life." Brianna is one of over 200,000 people diagnosed yearly with this painful, yet common condition- a condition that is often left untreated due to the wide range of symptoms and severity.
To find solace in her pain, Brianna reached out to online support groups, tried over the counter remedies, and researched treatment that would help ease her continued discomfort. She learned about a less invasive procedure for her complicated condition and now hopes her story can help others find relief too. "It was horrendous and it went on for five years. I am very fortunate that I did find Dr. Dagenais and Dr. Jones because I've become friends with a lot people who have this as well. They can't find doctors who are willing to help because they don't know what causes it. I'm very lucky to have these amazing doctors."
"We're excited to be able to offer this minimally invasive surgical option to the patients at Swedish Medical Center," said Dr. Julien Dagenais, who was trained at the Mayo Clinic to perform this unique procedure. A robotic cystectomy is a minimally invasive option for patients in need of a bladder removal. The surgeon removes the bladder and other structures utilizing a robotic console to allow for more controlled and precise movements. Patients benefit from a shorter hospital stay and an even faster return to a normal level of activity with fewer noticeable scars.
"I am doing amazing," said Brianna, who received the surgery on November 1, "I was up and walking the next morning. I showered the next morning. I feel like I did before I developed IC. I feel normal. If there are other patients out there that have IC I want them to know you don't have to suffer forever."
About Swedish Medical Center
Swedish Medical Center, part of HCA's HealthONE, is located in the south metro Denver area where it has been a proud member of the community for more than 110 years. An acute care hospital with 408 licensed beds, annually Swedish cares for more than 200,000 patients with a team of approximately 2,000 dedicated employees, 300 volunteers and 1,400 physicians.
With stroke door to treatment times averaging just 20 minutes, Swedish serves as the Rocky Mountain Region's referral center for the most advanced stroke treatment, and was the state's first Joint Commission certified Comprehensive Stroke Center. Swedish also serves as the region's neurotrauma and orthopedic trauma provider and is the south Denver metro area's only level I trauma facility with a dedicated burn and reconstructive center. Over 150 facilities regularly transfer highly complex cases to Swedish.
Swedish Medical Center offers patients the highest quality care and the most advanced technologies and treatments in nearly every medical specialty including adult and pediatric emergency, heart care, neurology/neurosurgery, pregnancy and childbirth, orthopedics and joint replacement, cancer care, gastroenterology and liver care, gynecology and urology.