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The doctor controls the robotic controls, remaining in full control of the procedure. (Source: Da Vinci Surgery) The doctor controls the robotic controls, remaining in full control of the procedure. (Source: Da Vinci Surgery)
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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Holly Berry needed a hysterectomy and her OB/GYN told her she would be a good candidate for "robotic surgery." The surgeon is in the console across the room from the patient, in control of the robotic arms doing the surgery.

"I had surgery on Wednesday morning. I spent one night in the hospital and I was released on Thursday. I was told to basically not pick up anything heaver than a dinner plate," said Berry.

She said the healing process was smooth. "Sunday I was driving. Monday, I took my grandson to school. And I went right back into my routine other than any kind of strenuous exercise."

Surgeons will tell you that every human is built exactly the same. And accidents can happen no matter what type of surgery they're having.

Dr. Michael Conrad uses this method frequently. "Whether it is brain surgery, robotic surgery, heart surgery, general surgery - they all have a potential risk for complications. Bleeding is one of them."

He said the list is a long one - organ injury, infections and more. "My personal experience with robotics is that adverse outcomes are rare. Can they happen? Yes. But they are very rare," said Conrad.

Blood loss is also rare. "These particular types of equipment help us, in my opinion, to give a better outcome," said the doctor.

And for Holly it was a good experience. "Very little pain. I think I took two over-the-counter medications."

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