Treatment - Gynecologic Surgery
Surgery is used in several ways to help cancer patients. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), it is the oldest form of cancer treatment. It provides the best chance to stop many types of cancer, and it also plays a part in diagnosing, staging, and supporting cancer treatment.
Having surgery for cancer is different for every patient, depending on the type of surgery, the type of cancer, and the patient's health. For some people, surgery is a major medical procedure with life-changing side effects. For others, surgery is quick and has few side effects.
Da Vinci Surgical System
In 2007, surgeons at Methodist became the first in Nebraska to perform a robotic-assisted radical hysterectomy for the treatment of invasive cervical cancer. In contrast to traditional surgery for treatment of cervical cancer, which requires a large incision and a lengthy recovery time, the da Vinci Surgical System requires only a few millimeter-sized incisions.
The system uses a surgeon's console that precisely translates the surgeon's hand, wrist and finger movements to the robotic arms inside the patient while providing a three-dimensional view of those movements.
Patients benefit immensely with decreased need for pain medication, shorter hospital stays and quicker return to normal activities.other benefits include:
- faster recovery and shorter hospital stays
- less blood loss
- minimal pain and complications
- lower risk of infection
- smaller incisions and less scaring
Treatment for Endometrial Cancer
Patients with endometrial cancer also have the option of undergoing minimally invasive surgery. While there is still a role for traditional surgery in the treatment of gynecologic malignancies, the surgeons' options for treatment are expanded.
Methodist Hospital is home to two da Vinci Surgical Systems — one 3-arm and one 4-arm system.