Female Cancer and Robotic Surgery

Some women who have been diagnosed with gynecologic cancer may be candidates for a new, less invasive surgical procedure. If your doctor recommends surgery or hysterectomy as part of your treatment for cervical, endometrial or early ovarian cancer, you may be a candidate for treatment via robotic surgery which uses a state-of-the-art surgical system. It enables your surgeon to perform with unprecedented precision and control – using fewer small incisions. For most women, surgery with the da Vinci system offers many benefits over traditional surgical approaches, including:

•    Less pain, blood loss and scarring
•    A shorter hospital stay, as little as two to three days
•    A faster recovery and quicker return to normal activities
•    Reduced risk  of complications, including wound infection


Conventional surgery for gynecologic cancer is an open abdominal procedure, requiring a long vertical incision from the pubic bone to just above the navel.

The da Vinci surgical system offers high-definition 3D vision and a magnified view. The system allows your doctor to perform complex procedures through just a few tiny openings. While it is often called a “robot,” da Vinci system cannot act on its own. The surgery is performed entirely by your doctor, using this enhanced technology.


Angela S. Caffrey, MD

Gynecologic Oncology

More resources

Women's Cancer Network

Understanding Cervical Cancer [PDF]

Understanding Endometrical Cancer [PDF]

Understanding Ovarian Cancer [PDF]