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New Pittsburg Surgery Center provides student less-invasive procedure, minimal downtime

About a year ago, Ashley Broyles, 19, started experiencing pain in her lower abdomen. The pain became severe enough that she decided to see her doctor.

After running some tests, they discovered that Ashley had several cysts on her ovaries. Ashley tried non-surgical options to try to get rid of the cysts, but nothing was successful.

Ashley knew she was going to have to have surgery, but as a freshman at Pittsburg State University, she was busy, and wanted as little disruption to her schedule as possible. A traditional open surgery would have been difficult for her in the middle of a busy semester on campus.

Quick surgery

Her surgeon, Michael Fenech, DO, an OB/GYN, has extensive training in less-invasive surgical methods, including robot-assisted surgery. While Ashley’s condition wasn’t a case for robotic surgery, she was a good candidate for laparoscopic surgery.

She saw Dr. Fenech late in the week, and was scheduled for surgery on a Monday, just a few days later — the first surgery to be performed at the new Surgery Center at Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg. She checked in at 7 a.m. and two small incisions and a short time later, the cysts were gone.

Ashley was out of surgery and home in just a few hours.

“Our new Surgery Center gives us the ability, because of expanded space, to provide state-of-the-art technology to not only our community, but the entire Four State area,” says Dr. Fenech. “It is a patient-centered space, where we have made sure to place the needs of the patients first.”

Back to classes

“I felt great after the surgery, but Dr. Fenech reminded me that I still needed to take it easy,” Ashley says. “He told me not to lift anything over 30 pounds.”

Just a week after her surgery, Ashley was back at school and work, and feeling better than she had in a year. Though she hasn’t yet declared a major, she’s considering a degree in child development.

“I always knew I would go to Pitt State, because of how many family ties I have to the school,” she says. “I love it.”