Waiting on Relief
As a waitress at Malay Café, Allison Lim has served hundreds and hundreds of customers. But it was her connection to Patricia Mooney-Smith, M.D., a North Kansas City Hospital obstetrician/gynecologist, that led to the robotic surgery she needed to relieve years of constant pain.
“I had been waiting on Dr. Mooney-Smith for a long time, but I didn’t realize she was a doctor until I read about her in North Kansas City Hospital’s magazine, Your Health,” Lim explains. “After I made the connection, I talked with her one day about some back pain I had been having for years and she suggested I make an appointment to see her.”
Dr. Mooney-Smith thought that fibroids might be causing the 48-year-old’s pain so she ordered an ultrasound of Lim’s abdomen. When tests confirmed Dr. Mooney-Smith’s suspicions, she recommended a hysterectomy using North Kansas City Hospital’s da Vinci robot, and Lim agreed.
The benefits of robotic surgery include:
- Significantly less pain with surgery
- Less blood loss
- Fewer complications
- Less scarring
- A shorter hospital stay
- A faster return to normal daily activities
Dr. Mooney-Smith is one of the Hospital’s robotically-trained obstetrics and gynecology surgeons. Using the robot’s “arms” and tiny instruments, she made five 1-2 cm incisions in Lim’s abdomen, then removed her uterus, Fallopian tubes, ovaries and cervix.
“The surgery went very well and I only spent one night in the hospital,” Lim says. “The nurses were professional and very nice to me. They made sure I had everything I needed.”
Once back home, Lim took several weeks away from work to recover completely. “I think the robotic surgery was easier for me to recover from than traditional surgery would have been,” Lim says. “Dr. Mooney-Smith says I have healed very well.”
But most importantly, Lim is now pain-free and back to her active lifestyle.
“The doctor made all the difference for me,” Lim says. “I trusted Dr. Mooney-Smith completely and I never thought of going anywhere but North Kansas City Hospital for this surgery. My husband had his gallbladder removed here, and I have several friends who are nurses here. This is my hospital.”