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"I received updates every two to three minutes," Gillbret said. "It not only helped the family stay in the loop but friends who weren't able to be there."
While the Detroit hospital has tweeted during several surgeries, neither the Cedar Rapids hospital nor the one in Dallas have immediate plans to do it again.
Officials at both hospitals said they would be open to the possibility if both the surgeon and patient are willing.
Cleary said she agreed to have her procedure posted on Twitter -- but only after being educated to what tweeting was.
"I'm not much of a computer bug so I didn't know that much about it," Cleary said. "I didn't know they did that sort of thing."
During her surgery, Corizzo relayed tweets ever few minutes.
"Putting numbing medication where the incisions will be. Making first incision right now," Corizzo tweeted at the beginning of the procedure.
Later, Corizzo sent a message that read: "Right now doctor is cutting across some vessels & ligaments that connect the ovaries to the uterus."
Then: "Opening up the peritoneum right now," which led to a tweet questioning what the peritoneum is. Corizzo explained it is the sac that lines the abdomen.
The surgeon, Dr. Jerry Rozeboom, said he asked Cleary to participate because she is "very open, conversant and willing to be part of the education process.
"It was mostly a patient who I thought was open to helping other people learn about new technology and maybe helping other women in her situation," Rozeboom said.
Before the surgery, Rozeboom said no restrictions would be placed on what could be included, but he made it clear that if it became a distraction or a complication arose, the tweeting would stop.
In her tweets, Corizzo detailed the robotic equipment used for the surgery and included photos that showed Rozeboom at the control panel of the equipment and an internal image showing stitches being put in place.
She also tweeted about the causes and symptoms of the condition that led to Cleary's surgery.
Once the procedure was done, Corizzo sent a final tweet to Cleary's family.
"She's doing great. She'll see you soon."
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