Minimally Invasive Surgery for Women
As one of the most effective and least invasive surgical cancer treatments, robotic and minimally invasive surgery is being used to treat cervical, endometrial and ovarian cancers, among other conditions affecting women’s health. And, at Loma Linda University Medical Center and the Loma Linda University Cancer Center, our surgeons were the first in the San Bernardino and Riverside county area to offer robotic surgical services, using the top-of-the-line da Vinci surgical system and achieving outstanding outcomes.
Robotic and minimally invasive surgery has an ever-expanding number of applications. Some of the procedures we regularly offer to treat gynecologic cancer include:
- Surgery for cervical and endometrial cancers
What is Robotic & Minimally Invasive Surgery?
To fully understand the benefits of robotic and minimally invasive surgery, it is essential that women are first aware of the methods used during these procedures and how they differ from traditional surgeries for the same conditions.
Minimally invasive surgery refers to a procedure that employs new technologies and specialized methods to reduce the number and size of incisions made during an operation. For example, traditional surgery can involve making a number of cuts up to 12 inches long. By using small, high-definition cameras and other top-of-the-line instruments, surgeons perform minimally invasive surgery to reduce the size of incisions to as small as 10mm.
Robotic surgery is a particular type of minimally invasive surgery that involves robotic instruments and processes to minimize the degree to which patients need to be opened up during a procedure. Despite the use of robotics, our specialists are still in control of all procedures.
Benefits of da Vinci Surgical System
Our surgeons use the da Vinci robotic and minimally invasive surgical system, which offers the patient a number of benefits over traditional surgery. These surgical procedures can typically:
- Be more accurate, producing better outcomes
- Decrease women's operative physical and emotional trauma, including the amount of pain and blood loss experienced during surgery
- Reduce the risk of surgical complications and post-surgical complications, including scarring
- Shorten the amount of time women need to stay in the hospital
- Shorten a woman's recovery time as fewer, smaller incisions result in less, unnecessary tissue damage
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