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Treating some gynecologic cancers has become easier through the use of state-of-the-art robotic technology. Robotic surgery is an evolution from minimally invasive laparoscopy for gynecological cancer; and since June of 2007, the Gynecologic Oncology Robotics and Minimally Invasive Surgical Program at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine has been treating gynecologic cancer with robotic surgery using the da Vinci® surgical system.
Benefits of robotic surgery
Today, there are only a few gynecologic oncology programs that routinely perform advanced MIS (robotics or laparoscopy) for gynecologic cancer. At Northwestern Memorial, doctors often use the da Vinci® surgical system. This has several advantages over conventional MIS (laparoscopy), such as 3-D visualization, wristed instruments, and ergonomics. It also offers potential benefits over traditional surgery, including:
- Shorter hospital stay
- Less pain and scarring
- Less risk of infection
- Less blood loss and fewer transfusions
- Faster recovery
- Quicker return to normal activities
- Improved quality of life
Women with endometrial cancer and cervical cancer who have been recommended for surgery may be candidates for Robotic Surgery. The types of Robotic Surgeries performed are the da Vinci® Hysterectomy with lymph node dissection for endometrial cancer or da Vinci® Radical Hysterectomy with lymph node dissection for early stage cervical cancer.
In addition, da Vinci® Hysterectomy is available for a select few patients with a variety of benign gynecologic conditions. Though some benign ovarian neoplasms may be treated, in some cases, with minimally invasive surgery, most ovarian conditions are treated by traditional surgery. Ovarian cancer is, almost invariably, treated with traditional surgery.
The ovarian cancer section was made possible by a generous grant from Bears Care.