Amy Ervin

Patient Stories Amy Ervin

 

Amy, 44, is a teacher in Chillicothe, Ohio, and she had robotic gynecologic cancer surgery at Ohio State. In 2008, her gynecologist discovered that Amy had endometrial cancer. After explaining that she would most likely need a total hysterectomy, her gynecologist referred Amy to Jeffrey Fowler, MD, at the OSUCCC – James.

Dr. Fowler is Co-Director of Ohio State’s Center for Advanced Robotic Surgery, and his practice is completely dedicated to gynecologic oncology.

Amy previously lived in New York City for several years, so she knew she had options. She could have easily gone to a hospital in New York; she even had a place to stay with friends who encouraged her to seek care at a hospital in New York.

Amy was already familiar with the OSUCCC – James and its reputation as a leader in cancer treatment. She trusted her gynecologist’s recommendation, but she wanted to make sure she did what would be best for her in the long run.

As Amy weighed the alternatives, she did some research and met with Dr. Fowler. Her positive impression of the OSUCCC – James was confirmed when she learned it was ranked so highly by U.S. News & World Report.

"When you look at the rankings in U.S. News & World Report, you look at the options in this area, and the top of the heap is the OSUCCC – James. If you have cancer, the OSUCCC – James is where you go," says Amy.

Her consultation with Dr. Fowler gave her confidence as well, given his extensive experience and his specialization in gynecologic robotic surgery for cancer. She was also impressed by his dedication to all aspects of robotic gynecologic treatments at Ohio State, including research, teaching and care.

"There’s no way you can’t be confident of someone who has such a specialty and such a history of working in that field," she adds.

Amy’s robotic surgery went smoothly, and she was hospitalized for just over 24 hours. She felt very little pain, her recovery was fast and her scars are minimal.

"It’s a much better experience than if you have the traditional hysterectomy. I know a lot of people who have had that and, you know, they have a giant scar and had a lot worse recovery I think than I did."

But most important, Amy is cancer-free. She continues to work full-time as a teacher, and she is extremely happy that she chose to have robotic surgery at Ohio State.

"The care I received there was nothing short of the best I could’ve gotten anywhere."

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