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Robotic Surgery Restores Quality of Life for 28-Year-Old

 Margaret H storySM
At only 28 years old, Margaret H. knew she was too young to be experiencing fecal incontinence, the inability to control her bowel movements, and frequent urination.

“They were pretty inconvenient,” Margaret, a resident of Baltimore, said of her symptoms. “Pooping your pants is not a fun experience.” A consultant, Margaret remembers that it was difficult to be in professional settings and meetings.

Looking for an explanation, Margaret told her gynecologist about her symptoms. She was not expecting to hear that she may need surgery. After a meeting with a gastroenterologist, Margaret was referred to Lisa Savoie, MD, co-medical director of the Robotic Surgery Program in the division of colon and rectal surgery at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, for a second opinion.

In Sept. 2014, Dr. Savoie diagnosed Margaret with a prolapsed rectum, a rare condition for someone her age. The rectum can prolapse, slip or fall out of place, when the ligaments, and muscles attaching it to the pelvis weaken. In most cases, surgery is needed to treat a prolapsed rectum.

By the time of the diagnosis, Margaret was not hesitant about surgery. “I hadn’t heard of robotic surgery,” she remembers. “But I figured if Dr. Savoie was the director she knew what she was doing. She made me feel completely comfortable.”

For Margaret, robotic surgery would be more precise, significantly less painful, involve less scarring and have a shorter recovery time than traditional surgery. She was thoroughly educated about the da Vinci® Surgical System by her physician, educational papers, and diagrams. “She was very professional and very knowledgeable,” Margaret said of Dr. Savoie.

After the surgery, Margaret experienced no complications. “It was a really good experience from start to finish,” Margaret recalls of her procedure. “I felt really comfortable with all the staff and very well taken care off.  Dr. Savoie was incredible; I felt so comfortable and safe with her and would highly recommend her to anyone.”

Margaret is now able to do all the activities she was missing out on. “I had stopped working out because it exacerbated the situation,” Margaret said.  “My whole quality of life has improved.”


Location Information

To schedule an appointment, please call 443-777-6225

MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
Center for Digestive Disease
9000 Franklin Square Drive
Baltimore, MD 21237

Child Protection Team


A MedStar Franklin Square nurse checks on a pediatric patient. 

MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center confronts child abuse issues head on. Below is a list of some of our support services and initiatives. 

  • Establishment of a Multidisciplinary Child Abuse Evaluation Team
  • Trained staff to provide acute sexual abuse/assault examinations
  • Comprehensive child abuse and neglect services
  • Psychological support and case management to victims of acute sexual abuse
  • Liaison services to community resources and follow up
  • Establishment of a Child Abuse Assessment Clinic
  • Social work coverage for victims of both sexual and physical abuse, 24 hours a day, seven days a week
  • Community outreach and training

Did you know children are 35 times more likely than adults to be the victim of identity theft? In the video below, Scott Krugman, MD, chair of Pediatrics at MedStar Franklin Square, explains how a new state campaign will help protect the identity of newborns: 

Contact Information

To learn more, please call 443-777-7127.

Pediatrics Unit

Providing Safe, Compassionate, Efficient Care: Every Child, Every Time

Peds2The MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center Pediatric Unit is a combined unit, accommodating both the Pediatric ED and Inpatient Pediatric patients. The unit is equipped with three dedicated inpatient beds with the ability to flex to six and 11 dedicated ED beds with the ability to flex to 18.

Patients requiring ICU care are transferred to other facilities after initial treatment and full stabilization, with implementation of advanced life support measures as necessary. Patients not requiring ICU care are admitted to Pediatrics, where there are full monitoring capabilities. Most pediatric subspecialty care is available at MedStar Franklin Square (orthopedics, surgery, psychiatry, otolaryngology, cardiology, gastroenterology, urology). Further Pediatric subspecialty support is provided via telephone consultation from the University of Maryland. The inpatient unit provides 24-hour care to patients up to age 18; the ED treats all patients age 17 and under.

Our Promise to Our Patients

  • We will be the premier provider of pediatric healthcare for Baltimore County and surrounding areas.
  • Our patients and families will feel safe, comfortable and respected while receiving quality care in a child-friendly and developmentally appropriate environment.
  • As a team, we value effective communication, mutual respect, teamwork and accountability.
  • We will be the employer of choice for the most qualified, competent, and compassionate pediatric healthcare providers in the LAND.
  • We support career development and on-going education.
  • We will be visible in the community at healthcare related events/promotions on state and local levels.