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Title: Sandra Hanson
Title: Henry Hanberry
Sandra Hanson of Okatie, South Carolina, spent her career advocating for the health of others. In 2011, living with a hiatal hernia, she realized it was time to make her own health a priority.
For more than three years, Henry Hanberry of Clyo, Georgia, struggled to eat. He suffered from a rare condition called achalasia.
Thanks to minimally invasive surgery (MIS), skilled surgeons can perform major, life-changing operations with tiny incisions (often smaller than 1 inch). During MIS, a surgeon manipulates tiny tools and cameras on the end of a thin, flexible tube called a laparoscope. Another type of MIS, called robotic surgery, uses a high-tech system of arms that mimic the surgeon’s hand movements.