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Minimally Invasive Surgery For Gynecologic Cancers at UPMC in Central Pa.

Where you have your cancer surgery makes a difference.

Minimally invasive and non invasive surgery procedures provide patients with significant benefits including less pain, faster recovery, and faster return to all activities. Surgery that used to routinely require 6 weeks to recover, now can be done faster and with less pain and a few tiny incisions. Patients can often return to normal activity within two weeks.

Top 5 Percent Nationally For Robotic Surgery

The surgeons at the Women's Cancer Program have the expertise to perform almost all gynecologic surgeries using advanced minimally invasive techniques, often using the da Vinci Surgical System.

We have performed thousands robotically assisted surgeries putting us in the top 5 percent in the nation for this type of surgery. More importantly, it means that women undergoing gynecologic surgeries have access to some of the most experienced, skilled surgeons in the nation.

The Latest in Minimally Invasive Surgery

Surgery for gynecologic cancer is performed to determine the stage of cancer and as a treatment for your cancer. The oncologists at the Women's Cancer Program use the most advanced technology available to perform this surgery with exacting precision. Our skilled surgeons regularly perform:

  • Laparoscopy. A procedure performed through small incisions in the abdomen, making more extensive surgeries unnecessary.
  • Robot-assisted hysterectomy. A robot-assisted radical hysterectomy offers patients better outcomes, shorter hospital stays, faster recoveries, and enhanced safety.
  • Laparoscopically Vaginal Hysterectomy. A laparoscopic-assisted vaginal hysterectomy (LAVH) is a surgical procedure to remove the uterus and cervix and sometimes the ovaries and fallopian tubes. During a LAVH, some of the surgical removal is done through the vagina and the rest is done through a few small surgical cuts (incisions) in the abdomen. Generally, recovery time is faster and there are fewer complications after laparoscopic procedures than after open incisional procedures.
  • Hysteroscopy. Hysteroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure used for looking inside the womb (uterus). A hysteroscope is a thin, lighted telescope-like device that is placed into the uterus through the vagina and cervix. It used to look for tumors or other cancers.
  • Vaginal Hysterectomy. Entirely done via the vaginal for less complex cases.

Need more information? Our friendly staff can assist you. To get in touch, request information or call our West Shore Office at 717-221-5940 or East Shore Office at 717-230-3026 for more information or to make an appointment.

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