If you have been diagnosed with endometrial cancer, you are likely considering your treatment options. Historically, surgical treatment of endometrial cancer involved a laparotomy (which is an abdominal incision), a total abdominal hysterectomy, removal of the ovaries, a lymph node dissection and pelvic washings. However, recent advances in robotics and laparoscopic instrumentation and techniques allow trained surgeons to perform minimally invasive surgery for endometrial cancer.
Surgeons at Northwestern Memorial have been surgically treating certain gynecologic cancers, including endometrial cancer, with robotic and other minimally invasive surgical techniques. There are only a few gynecologic oncology programs that routinely perform advanced minimally invasive surgery (MIS) for gynecologic cancer. At Northwestern Memorial, doctors often use the da Vinci® surgical system. For more information about the advantages of MIS or to find out if you might be a candidate for MIS, read our information about robotic and minimally invasive surgery.