5 Things to Know About Robotic Surgery For Gynecologic Cancer

Medical technology continues to improve and innovate the way surgeons can perform surgery. Robotic surgery was approved by the FDA in 2005 and is a relatively new less-invasive technique, but different from both laparoscopic and open surgery. Before undergoing any kind of surgery for gynecologic cancer, discuss with Dr. Ali Ghomi these 5 things to know about robotic surgery for gynecologic cancer.

woman in the hospital recovering from surgeryRobotic Surgery For Gynecologic Cancer Has Benefits

Similar to laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery is a less invasive type of surgery using tiny incisions rather than one large one like open surgery. Robotic surgery uses a robotic medical device controlled by the surgeon. This type of surgery has multiple benefits for the patient including less postoperative pain, less bleeding, a shorter time in the hospital, faster overall  recovery, lower risk of complications, and less scarring to name a few.

Robotic surgery allows doctors to use smaller incisions, enhanced 3D imagery, and the image is magnified allowing for better precision. While sitting at the controls, the surgeon can manipulate the robot rather than holding the tools. The instruments are “wristed” meaning they work like a hand in all directions which gives the surgeon a better level of control.

Robotic Surgery Is Safe

This type of surgery is advantageous in small places like gynecologic and urologic surgeries where hands on surgery can be difficult.

It is also used in 80% of prostate removal surgeries.

Only Certain Patients Are Good Candidates

Those with early stage cancers are the best candidates for robotic surgery. 

Forty thousand women are diagnosed with cancer in the US each year with uterine cancer being the most common.

Thirteen thousand are diagnosed with cervical cancer a year with the most common treatment being radical hysterectomy with a dissection of the lymph nodes.

Six hundred thousand have hysterectomies not related to cancer and would also be candidates for robotic surgery.

Those women with large tumors or an advanced stage of cancer require larger incisions and would not be candidates.

Robotic Surgery Also Has Risks

Robotic surgery is still major surgery and complications are alway possible. Talk with Dr. Ghomi about your options and which kind of surgery is best for you.

The Expertise Of A Surgeon Is Still Important

Robotic surgery can have many benefits, but it is only as good as the surgeon controlling the robot. Make sure the surgeon is experienced in this type of surgery. Dr. Ghomi is in the top 10% of robotic surgeons in the US and his time in surgery is in the 10% of robotic surgeons. Gynecologic cancer surgeries are complex and require highly experienced and trained surgeons to perform them.

Schedule Your Robotic Surgery Consultation in North Jersey

Being among the most proficient robotic gynecologic and urogynecologic surgeons in the country, Dr. Ali Ghomi is our area’s leading expert in the treatment of benign and cencerous conditions using robotic surgery. Talk with Dr. Ghomi about your gynecologic surgery for cancer, its pros and cons, your options, and if it is best for you. To schedule a full evaluation at our urogynecology office North New Jersey, please call (862) 657-3150 or reqquest an appointment online.

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