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Jennifer Bunkers

Jennifer BunkersAfter years of leading a healthy life and exercising almost daily, Jennifer Bunkers began to develop tremendous pain in her abdomen. Having no idea what this meant, she turned to Jennifer Simone, MD who discovered a large ovarian cyst.

“After my exams and consultation with Dr. Simone, I knew I needed surgery,” said Jennifer. “My cyst, however, was so large it required me to spend three months on medications in order to shrink it for a favorable surgical outcome. Over the next three months, I was in a lot of pain, tired and not able to do all of the things I was used to like playing with my 8-year-old daughter. The last thing I wanted to think about was a long recovery period.”

The medication worked as Jennifer remained patient and hopeful. Five days before Christmas Jennifer had surgery. Dr. Simone did a partial hysterectomy procedure performed with the daVinci Surgical System Robot, the most advanced technology available today for minimally invasive surgery.

With this high-tech tool, thin surgical instruments that move like a surgeon’s hand are inserted into the patient through the same small incision. The surgeon, who sits at a special console, views the surgical area in 3-D high definition. As the surgeon moves her hands, the robot’s surgical instruments respond in real time. This allows the surgeon to operate very precisely.

“The benefits of this technique, which has the same cure rate as open surgery, are impressive. Hospital stays are generally shorter and patients experience less pain, scarring, recovery time and complications,” said Dr. Simone.

“Dr. Simone and the nursing staff at Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center were incredible,” Jennifer added. “I was told there would be less pain with the daVinci surgical method, but what was amazing to me is that by week six post surgery I was able to take my daughter to Disneyland. By week eight I was back to daily walks and spinning. Being a Mom of eight-year-old, Caitlin, was important to me that I had a quick recovery and was able to be back in the routine of my life as soon as possible. Dr. Simone and Scottsdale Healthcare gave me that wish, and I am forever grateful.”

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