Dr. Errick Arroyo, M.D.
Dr. Errick Arroyo, M.D. | Obstetrics & Gynecology | Kansas City OB-GYN
Why did you become a doctor?
▷I had a glimpse of what being a doctor meant because my father is a surgeon in western Kansas. I could see how hard he worked but how rewarding his work was and how he affected the lives of so many. In his example of service, I saw how I wanted my life to be of service for others as well.
Why did you pick this specialty?
▷I chose the specialty of OB-GYN for several reasons. 1) It allows me to have a patient-doctor relationship that lasts many years, generations even. I’ve been able to take care of a patient, her mother and even her daughter. Having long-term, trusted relationships is important. 2) This specialty also allows me to perform surgery, which is both exciting and has brought much comfort to patients. 3) Being present when life begins on this earth is an amazing privilege, and I am honored to be a part of it.
What is the latest, most exciting research or technological innovation in your field?
▷Minimally invasive surgery, including robotic surgery with the da Vinci robot, continues to be exciting for both patients and myself. It’s amazing to me that patients who need major surgery like a hysterectomy are now going home the same day with minimal scarring and less pain. Recovery times are now a few weeks instead of a few months. I perform the majority of my cases with this fantastic technology, and Overland Park Regional is one of the few Centers of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology in the region.
What is the hardest thing about being a physician?
▷The hardest thing about being a physician is not being able to help every person. There are many things we know in medicine, but there are still many things that we can’t cure or treat or fix, and that is the most difficult part. I think all doctors wish that we could fix or cure everything and everyone that came across our path.
What is the best advice you’ve received concerning your career?
▷My wife tells me never to forget what a privilege and honor it is to be someone’s doctor. There are few rewards that are even similar in this lifetime. That bit of perspective keeps every day fresh and gives me a perpetually positive attitude, which I hope extends to and affects my staff, colleagues and patients.