Retiring in comfort
Living with an inguinal hernia was uncomfortable and unpleasant for 62-year-old Joseph Sicheneder of Coos Bay. Robotic surgery to fix it was remarkably easy.
“It all went as good as could be imagined,” Sicheneder said.
In November 2013, surgeon Steven Tersigni, MD, used the da Vinci Si Surgical System to make four tiny incisions in Sicheneder’s abdomen.
“I’m taking his word that he used it,” Sichender joked, “because I slept through the whole thing.”
Sicheneder went home the same day. A month later, the longtime longshoreman pronounced himself completely healed.
“I’m able to get out and walk around, and sit comfortably,” he said.
He was ready to go back to work – but he didn’t. Instead, he chose a well-earned retirement.