Early Stage Gynecologic Cancer
A wide variety of gynecologic cancers can affect a woman's reproductive system which consists of the uterus, vagina, ovaries and fallopian tubes. The uterus is a hollow, muscular organ that holds a baby during pregancy. The fallopian trues and ovaries are located on each side of the uterus.
The most common types of gynecologic cancers are cervical, vaginal, endometrial, uterine and ovarian cancer. The specific type of cancer a woman has and how advanced it is, will determine her treatment options.
Women with early stage gynecologic cancer are often treated with hysterectomy- the surgical removal of the uterus. In this procedure, the doctor may also remove the ovaries, fallopian tubes and/or select lymph nodes.
Hysterectomy is the second most common surgical procedure for women in the Untied States and an estimated one thrid of all U.S. women will have a hysterectomy by age 60.
Radicality and Margins - 3D visualization and up to 10X magnification combined with wristed instruments allow surgeons to perform comprehensive, radical dissections to achieve desired margins for complete cancer removal.
Other GYN Oncology Procedures:
- Para-aortic Lymphadenectomy - robotic surgery provides greater precision and control when dissecting the lymph node bundle off the internal iliac and vena cava. The result is superior lymph node harvest with greater surgical ease compared to open and conventional laparoscopic technique.
- Pelvic Lymphadenectomy - A precise, controlled dissection of the lymph node bundle can be achieved off the external iliac artery, out to the pelvic side wall and psoas muscle, and into the obturator space. This faciliates a complete en bloc lymphadenectomy, increasing lymph node yield for pathology evaluation.
- Circumferential Vaginotomy - Compared to conventional laparoscopy, robotics allows the surgeon to work easily and efficiently, 360° around the uterus, to perform circumferential vaginotomy along the edge of the colpotomy ring while transecting cardinal and uterosacral ligaments. Additionally, robotics allows the surgeon to drive the camera in, close to the vagina, enhancing visualization and facilitating a precise dissection.
- Vaginal Cuff Closure
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