Laparoscopic Hysterectomy Patient Story
Susan Vanderslice of Laurel says she is blessed to be a stay-at-home mom.
“I’m lucky. My husband is a lawyer, so I am able to stay home. I also take care of my two
nephews, and I help out my friend once in a while by taking care of her child, too,” she
Susan and her husband Patrick enjoy spending time with their children, as well as going to Phillies games. They are big baseball fans. But Susan found she was
slowing down, struggling with heavy menstrual bleeding and excruciating pain.
She made an appointment with Bayside Health Association to see an obstetrician/
Leo H. Eschbach, Jr., DO, diagnosed her as having fibroids. She also was found to be
suffering from anemia from the constant loss of blood. Since she was only in her early
30s, he tried two non-invasive gynecologic treatments to see if he could relieve her pain
and bleeding, but to no avail. Finally, the decision was made to perform a hysterectomy.
Susan proved to be a candidate for the minimally invasive laparoscopic hysterectomy,
which allows for a quick recovery.
Dr. Eschbach and Steven D. Berlin, MD, performed the minimally invasive surgery
at Beebe Medical Center. Susan returned home the same day.
“It was the best thing I’d ever done,” recalls Susan, now 34. “My husband and I
are so happy. I have so much energy now. I can’t believe it. I didn’t realize how tired I
was. Even my complexion has changed for the better.”
Susan says she didn’t even have to take the pain medication that Dr. Eschbach
“I made dinner the next night and I was at my son’s flag football game the
following Saturday. The only restriction I had was that I couldn’t lift anything, which
was really hard for me.”
Susan thinks the world of the Bayside practice and says she was lucky to be able
to take advantage of the opportunity to have such an easy hysterectomy.
Today Susan is back to her busy life. She watches her two nephews for her sister
and brother-in-law, who live next door. She also keeps up with her two active children,
Brendyn, 10, and Cade, 7, and goes to Phillies baseball games with her husband every
chance she gets.
“It’s all about the family,” she says.