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Laparoscopic Removal of Malignant Tumors
A diagnosis of gynecological cancer is incredibly scary for a patient and her loved ones. Cancer treatment usually involves three methods of removing disease: surgical removal of gynecological cancers, chemotherapy, and radiation.
At the Johns Hopkins Hospital, our surgeons are committed to minimally invasive surgical techniques in the treatment of gynecological oncology.
When a malignant tumor is discovered, your team of gynecological oncologists and surgeons will make a determination about a comprehensive treatment plan that is right for you. This plan may involve surgery. In order to reduce the risks of surgery, our surgeons use the da Vinci Surgical System to perform laparoscopic removal of malignant gynecological tumors.
For uterine (endometrial) cancer
Following a diagnosis of uterine cancer, your gynecological oncologist may recommend surgery. Robotic-assisted total laparoscopic radical hysterectomy with pelvic lymphadenectomy is a minimally-invasive approach to removing the uterus and examining the remaining tissues for the spread of cancer. This extra step of removing and examining the surrounding lymph nodes gives our surgeons’ real time, accurate information that may affect the surgery and treatment plan
For cervical cancer
Following a diagnosis of cervical cancer, your gynecological oncologist may recommend surgery. Robotic-assisted total laparoscopic radical hysterectomy with pelvic lymphadenectomy is a minimally-invasive approach to removing the uterus and cervix and examining the remaining tissues for the spread of cancer. This extra step of removing and examining the surrounding lymph nodes gives our surgeons’ real time, accurate information that may affect the surgery and treatment plan.
For evaluation of ovarian cysts
Your gynecological oncologist can perform ovarian cystectomy or salpingo-oophorectomy using the robot.
Benefits of minimally invasive gynecological surgery
Our surgeons use a state of the art robotic assisted surgical platform to provide the following proven benefits for our patients:
- Faster recovery
- Less pain
- Smaller incisions
- Early return to normal activities
- Shorter hospital stay
- Decreased risk of infection
What you should expect from the surgery
Robotic-Assisted Radical Total Laparoscopic Hysterectomy usually takes 1-3 hours under general anesthesia. You will be hospitalized for at least one night so your physicians can monitor your healing progress. Most patients return to normal daily activities within one week. Your physician will give you detailed instructions so your recovery is unremarkable.
Choosing a Robotic-Assisted Radical Total Laparoscopic Hysterectomy
Our surgeons are committed to providing the best treatment option for every individual patient. While radical hysterectomy or abdominal hysterectomy performed using the da Vinci Surgical System is considered safe and effective, these procedures may not be appropriate for every patient. Always ask your doctor about all treatment options, as well as their risks and benefits.