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Women?s Health - Susan Vanderslice?s Story

Susan Vanderslice 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 says.

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/ gynecologist.

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 prescribed.

“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.