For most gynecological cancers, surgery is often the first option used to remove the cancer. John Muir Health is extremely successful in removing cancers through surgery.
Whenever possible, we use the most advanced minimally invasive surgical techniques available, leading to shorter hospital stays and faster recovery times for our patients.
Laparoscopic Hysterectomy – Less invasive than open surgery, a camera-equipped scope is inserted into a small incision made in the abdomen that guides the surgeon as he removes the uterus with instruments inserted through other small incisions.
Robotic-Assisted Hysterectomy – John Muir Health is one of a handful of Bay Area medical institutions to offer this innovative minimally invasive surgical technique, leading to faster recovery times and less pain for our patients.
Various factors determine when robotic-assisted surgery is used, but we currently use it for about 30% of all gynecological cancer patients and 50-60% of uterine cancer patients. Besides removal of the uterus, robotic surgery can be used to remove the ovaries, fallopian tubes, ovarian cysts, and some tumors. It can also be used to remove and biopsy lymph nodes for a variety of malignant gynecological conditions.
Using the daVinci™ Surgical System, surgeons operate with more precision, accuracy, and elegance. The system’s 3D high-definition magnification and robotic arms allows them to reach cancers located in very confined spaces.