“I would have liked to watch.”

Arleta Kay Vincent

Arleta Vincent, 71, underwent a surgery to correct two stomach conditions: hiatal hernia and gastrointestinal reflux. Surgeon Steven Tersigni, MD, wrapped the top part of her stomach around her esophagus and stitched it into place.

“I feel like my surgery went really, really well," Vincent said. "My only regret is that I didn’t get to see it. I would have liked to watch.”

The robot had been in use just a couple of months when Vincent underwent surgery in November 2013, but she wasn’t at all concerned about a comparatively new technique. Though the robot was new in town, she knew and trusted her human surgeon.

“I figured if Dr. Tersigni recommended it, it was good enough for me,” she said. “I was just willing to take his advice.”

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