Lee's Summit Medical Center
January 02, 2014

Dawn Williams-Kleoppel was ready to go home the day after her surgery with gynecologist Maliaka Woods, MD. Williams-Kleoppel was the first patient to have robotic surgery at Lee’s Summit Medical Center. The hospital just acquired the newest daVinci surgical robot, the only one of its kind in Jackson County, Mo.

Before dismissal from the hospital, Williams-Kleoppel talked about how good she was feeling just one day after her hysterectomy. Then she asked if she could come back to see her surgeon and meet the robot.

WHO: Lee’s Summit Medical Center and first robotic surgery patient Dawn Williams-Kleoppel

PATIENT: Dawn Williams-Kleoppel is a resident of Blue Springs, Mo and is a lactation technician at Children’s Mercy Hospital. She is married to Ray Kleoppel and has two sons, Tyler and Austin. Her husband and sons plan to join their mother when she comes to meet the robot. 

WHAT: LSMC patient to meet surgical robot with her surgeon, Maliaka Woods, MD.

WHEN: Friday, December 20, 2013, Noon p.m.

WHERE: Lee’s Summit Medical Center, 2100 SE Blue Parkway
Lee’s Summit, Missouri 64063

WHY: LSMC Medical Director of Robotic Surgery and OB/GYN Maliaka Woods, MD will explain the hysterectomy procedure and introduce Williams-Kleoppel to the daVinci surgical robot used to perform the first robotic surgery at the hospital.

Lee’s Summit Medical Center’s SI model of the daVinci surgical robot with Firefly technology is the only one of its kind in use in Jackson County, Mo. With this

technology, surgeons have the option of single incision surgery, and the Firefly technology enhances a surgeon’s ability to differentiate a patient’s body fluids during surgery, which means the procedures are less invasive so patients recover more quickly than with more invasive or open surgical techniques.

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