Cancer-free after robot-assisted surgery - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Cancer-free after robot-assisted surgery

Daniel Ieyoub of Lake Charles is cancer-free after undergoing a robot-assisted procedure. (Source: KPLC) Daniel Ieyoub of Lake Charles is cancer-free after undergoing a robot-assisted procedure. (Source: KPLC)

A Lake Charles man is cancer-free today with no chemotherapy or radiation needed.  A robot-assisted procedure helped a surgeon remove two feet of his colon and within two days, he was back to his active life.

Daniel Ieyoub of Lake Charles is someone you can definitely say ages like a fine wine.  This soon-to-be 82-year-old and former high school principal still substitute teaches today, volunteers, and is part of a musical performing group.

"Well, that's just the way I am," he said.  "I've always been active all the time and I just like to help out and do things and keep going."

He has always prioritized a doctor's orders, including when the time rolls around for screenings.

"He told me it was time to have a colonoscopy, he said it's probably the last one you have to have because of your age and it could've been too," said Ieyoub.

Ieyoub says it could have been his last because a questionable mass was discovered.

That led him to CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital general surgeon, Dr. Matias Nauts, who knew a robot-assisted surgery with the da Vinci surgical system would be the best option.

"Doing it minimally invasive, or using the robot, allowed us to put less strain on him," said Dr. Nauts.  "He'd be in the hospital less amount of time, he'd be back on his feet quicker, he'd have less pain."

Through small incisions, versus an open surgery, Dr. Nauts removed two feet of Ieyoub's colon.

"We had to make the assumption that it was cancerous," said Dr. Nauts.  "So the best thing to do was to give him a cancer operation, so that if it did come back and it was a cancerous mass he would only need one operation and that operation would hopefully cure him, which in this case it did."

That mass was cancerous, but fortunately caught before it could spread.

Ieyoub says his surgery was done on a Wednesday and he was home two days later.

"Now I'm fine, I have no problems," he said.  "I went home that Friday afternoon, I was out and about Saturday, no problems at all."

Ieyoub says the hardest part of the procedure process for him was prepping before the surgery, which involved limiting his food intake.

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