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By: tanisha
Groves C Dwight MD
It's never an easy decision to have surgery. But then a transvaginal ultrasound revealed I had an 8-9 cm pedunculated subserosal fibroid on the fundus of my uterus & I knew something had to be done. My OBGYN recommended a myomectomy & sent me to meet with Dr. Groves that same week. We discussed my options & he advised me of the da Vinci procedure. Dr. Groves assured me of his competence in removal of fibroids via this method & his confidence in its ability to preserve fertility, which is extremely important to me because I’m 29 & looking to start a family soon. We scheduled a laparoscopic myomectomy; however, my partner & I felt it wise to get a second opinion. That doctor also agreed the fibroid should be removed so I continued my research into the da Vinci procedure & myomectomies via the internet as I awaited my surgery. My pre-op visit was mainly a Q&A session with Dr. Groves, urine test & blood draw to make sure I was healthy. Everything came back normal & I worried myself to “death” in the following 4 weeks. The day before surgery, I did a light prep with Miralax instead of their standard bowel prep because I have ulcerative colitis & did not want to induce a flare but also wanted to comply with all requirements to reduce infection risk. On the day of surgery, my mother & I arrived at the hospital at 6:30AM. I was admitted & we were escorted to outpatient surgery. A nurse called me back, took my weight & provided me with a cup for a urine sample to do a pregnancy test, a hospital gown & compression stockings, then started my IV. My mother was brought back into the room and after a short period of time, Dr. Groves came in along with the Anesthesiologist. Dr. Groves made me feel calm about the procedure & the entire medical team was very confident. About 15 minutes after their departure, a CRNA & surgical assistant came in, started antibiotics and a sedative in my IV, and wheeled me off to the OR. I barely remember anything after coming into that room except there were a lot of people & I was assisted in moving from my bed to another table. The general anesthesia I was given was Propofol & I was in surgery for about 1.5 hours. I woke up in the post op area with 4 incisions (2 on the right, 1 navel & 1 larger exit on the left). As I regained full consciousness, a nurse administered Morphine by IV & graduated me from ice chips to water & saltines to induce belly sounds. I was there for a few hours before my discharge nurse took me to my post OP room. I was given gram crackers and ginger ale (I was so hungry!), a Percocet (which reduced my pain to about a 4) & my mom came back into the room. We were given discharge instructions & after some time, I went by wheelchair to the car at about 3 PM. Overall, I was in much less pain than I ever expected & I am healing at a remarkable rate, which I attribute not only to the expertise of my surgical team but also da Vinci robotics. Of course, for the first few days I had to take Percocet on a regular schedule (I started my period 2 days post OP & caught a cold from my mom at 3 days post OP), but after I began taking extra strength Tylenol. It was difficult to move and walk but today, I had my two week post op visit & I feel GREAT. My incisions are healing beautifully; I no longer require pain meds & can gradually move back into my normal routine. Best of all, no more FIBROID! All thanks to da Vinci & Dr. Groves. I am eternally grateful & looking forward to continuing my journey to motherhood.
By: Katie B.
Family Medical Supply Inc
As a social worker, I work with patients everyday and many DME companies, I have to take the time to say thank you to Family Medical Supply and their staff, Jodi was so helpful, knowledgeable and supportive. It is hard enough to go through the insurance companies and get equipment but she made it a breeze. Im telling everyone about them!
By: Alfred F.
Dr. Steven M Hartline, MD
Shame had to give Dr. Hartline just 3 stars for professionalism. He personally gets 5! However if you ever have to call into his phone staff you'll understand. They're rude, unlike any medical scheduler I've dealt with. Hardline and physical staff 5, phone operators 1 = average of 3. Hartline is a great compassionate doctor.
By: Donna U.
Family Medical Supply Inc
I called a couple other medical supply companies before I was directed to Family Medical Supply. From the first phone call through every step they have been so nice and helpful. Excellent customer service, knowledgeable, friendly staff!
By: Dorothy V.
Family Medical Supply Inc
Our office uses this company for all of our patient’s DME needs. The staff is very knowledgeable on insurance policies, guidelines, and medical equipment. We highly recommend Family Medical Supply!!
By: Mary J.
Family Medical Supply Inc
I would highly recommend this company. Customer service representatives were very polite and professional. My husband received his equipment as scheduled and the driver was very knowledgeable.
By: George S.
Family Medical Supply Inc
Jody and Victoria were very friendly and quick with getting my wife her hospital bed and wheelchair. In addition, the delivery driver was professional and very thorough.
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