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Eye on Health: Minimally invasive surgery

Goshen Health's Dr. Peter Delneky said minimally invasive surgery has several advantages when compared to traditional procedures. // WSBT 22 photo

Minimally invasive surgery is becoming more common in hospitals.

These procedures are performed through tiny incisions, and patients normally have faster recovery times and experience less pain than with conventional surgery..

After having her second child Rachel Brown began experiencing problems with cramping and bleeding during her monthly cycle, so much so that it impacted her daily life.

" I had to kind of tailor my daily living to be around a bathroom so that I could make sure I took care of things. There was a lot of bleeding, heavy bleeding," said Rachel Brown.

Brown recently underwent surgery.

She was always tired, and her sleep pattern was disrupted with the pain and cramping.

" So much so that my husband said, 'You need to get looked at. Something's going on,'" Brown said.

In July, she underwent a minimally invasive laproscopic surgery to have a hysterectomy.

"Minimally-invasive means you're trying to get by with the least amount of injury," said Dr. Peter Delneky.

Delneky, from Goshen Health, performed the surgery for Brown and said minimally-invasive procedures have benefits.

"You reduce the complications, you reduce the pain, you reduce the length of time to recover from surgery," he said. "It improves on self-esteem. You don't have these disfiguring scares on the belly. In general, the complication rate and recovery rate is a lot quicker."

As for Brown, the minimally-invasive surgery is impacting her life in a positive way.

"It's amazing. I obviously don't have any bleeding or cramping anymore," she said. My energy level has gone up a lot. So I'm able to interact with my kids and play with them and do more stuff that I hadn't done before hand."

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