A Journey of Transformation Through Robotic Surgery at Renown Health

By: Ally Gravina

October 03, 2023

Carrie Hintz

Carrie Hintz is constantly on the move. “I don’t sit well,” she said when discussing her career as an Emergency Room nurse at Renown South Meadows Medical Center. She has also earned a PhD in nursing research, a Nurse Executive DNP and an MSN in nursing and healthcare leadership, all while managing the joyful chaos of raising two toddlers under the age of four.

She's always been on the move, but her journey to transformation through bariatric surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System is a testament to her determination and the vital need for cutting-edge robotic surgical tools at Renown Health.

Carrie's life is non-stop, but her struggle with weight loss was a persistent challenge, compounded by the complexities of medical conditions like PCOS and a pituitary tumor, both of which made losing weight an uphill battle. It was while reading the news one night, witnessing a mother's disappointment at Disney Land due to weight restrictions, that Carrie decided to take charge of her life. She knew she had to make a change.

In 2016, Carrie embarked on her bariatric surgery journey, seeking consultation with a Renown surgeon. However, her dreams of starting a family prompted her and her supportive husband to postpone surgery since one cannot have a baby within 18 months of the procedure. After welcoming two beautiful children into their lives, Carrie returned to Renown in 2022 to discuss her surgical options.

Finally, in February 2023, and after six months of mandatory weight loss preparation, Carrie was ready to undergo the life-changing surgery. Dr. Alexander Ayzengart, her dedicated surgeon, had a plan that involved utilizing the da Vinci Surgical System for her bariatric procedure, coupled with repairing a hernia that had developed during her weight loss journey. The stage was finally set for Carrie's transformation.

To everyone's surprise, the hernia turned out to be larger than anticipated, but miraculously, Carrie experienced no post-operative pain and minimal scarring. She reminisces about her early post-surgery days, confidently attributing her excellent outcomes to the remarkable da Vinci Surgical System. “I was up and walking around the night after the surgery,” she said.

The da Vinci is no ordinary surgical tool; it's a state-of-the-art, minimally invasive robotic system skillfully operated by trained surgeons. Renown's commitment to innovation in healthcare paved the way for Carrie's remarkable journey.

"Renown is a pioneer in healthcare, and I owe my health to their spirit of innovation infusing healthcare and advanced technology. Since my surgery, I've conquered six 5k races and have two more scheduled for October," Carrie said.

Recently, the Hintz family embarked on a memorable vacation, and Carrie acknowledges that it wouldn't have been the same without her life-changing surgery and its remarkable results.

Carrie's journey is a testament to the importance of advanced surgical options, especially for patients traveling long distances to receive care at Renown Health. Growing up in rural Nevada, she understands the significance of not limiting people's choices when it comes to healthcare. Having the da Vinci Surgical System at Renown ensures that everyone in our region has access to top-tier healthcare, extending this vital option to the residents of rural Nevada.

Carrie's story is a shining example of the transformative power of advanced medical technology and the impact it has on patients' lives.

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