User uShare Login | Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.

61° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options




[0] My Saved Articles
Back to all news


Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!


A Less Painful Hysterectomy

May 12, 2014, 6:17 PM by Casey Wonnenberg

A Less Painful Hysterectomy

53-year-old Kristi Miller has dreamed of being a grandmother for years.

"He's enthusiastic about everything. He likes to play," Miller said.

Whether it's playing Mr. Potato Head or putting together a puzzle, Miller relishes every moment with her first grandchild, two-year-old Tristin.

"He's kind of the spark in my life," Miller said.

But for several weeks Miller was not able to interact with Tristin as much as she would have liked. The Harrisburg area woman had a double mastectomy and hysterectomy all in one day.

"I was anxious of course," Miller said.

One positive for Miller is that her recovery from the hysterectomy wasn't as intense as many others. She was a candidate for a new procedure at Sanford called a single site hysterectomy. During the procedure, doctors only make one incision, instead of the previous four.

"We make an incision that's a little less than an inch right inside the belly button, and then we put a port through that little incision, and we do all the surgery through that port," Sanford Obstetrician-Gynecologist Dr. Erica Schipper said.

In addition to nearly no scarring, patients who have the single site hysterectomy procedure also often tend to recover quicker.

"We are finding they are not needing as many narcotics and often their pain is pretty well controlled mostly with Motrin," Schipper said.

Schipper says there's also less blood loss, and patients are usually back to work in two weeks, compared to the previous six weeks.

"I asked my family and said, 'Did I every complain about lower abdominal pain or anything like that,' and they said, 'No,'" Miller said.

While Miller feels like she's fully recovered from her hysterectomy, she's still on chemotherapy to battle stage 3 breast cancer. She hopes to beat the disease and spend many more years with her grandson.

"That's my hope and keeping my faith on that--that I'll be able to do that," Miller said.

With HealthBeat, I'm Casey Wonnenberg.

Previous Story

Next Story


Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

View healthbeat

You may also like

How To Control Stress-Induced Weight Gain

7/29/2014 6:00 PM

A research study conducted by Ohio State University finds that stressed women have high levels of hormone in insulin, which contributes to fat storage...

Full Story | Watch
Taking Care Of Back Pain

7/30/2014 6:19 PM

Back pain is one of the most common reasons why people see their doctor.

Full Story | Watch
Wanted: Manufacturers For New Medical Pot Program

7/26/2014 12:55 PM

After a long push to legalize medical marijuana, Minnesota's work has begun to put the medicine into patients' hands.

Full Story
Common Running Mistakes

7/28/2014 6:16 PM

If you're looking to adopt a healthier lifestyle, you should start by increasing your physical activity by adding walking or running.  But yo...

Full Story | Watch
Menopause And Your Diet

7/25/2014 6:19 PM

Hot flashes, headaches, nausea and nights sweets are just some of the symptoms women can experience during menopause.

Full Story | Watch