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Gynecologic Cancer

Diagram of the female anatomyA wide variety of gynecologic cancers can affect a woman’s reproductive system—cervical cancer, ovarian cancer, endometrial cancer, and uterine cancer are among the most common. The specific type of cancer a woman has and how advanced it is, will determine her available treatment options. Women with early stage gynecologic cancers are often treated with a hysterectomy—the surgical removal of the uterus.

In this procedure, the doctor may also remove the ovaries, fallopian tubes and/or select lymph nodes. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Humans Services, hysterectomies are the second most common surgical procedure for women in the United States, and an estimated one-third of all U.S. women will have a hysterectomy by age 60.

Cancer treatment through hysterectomies
If you have gynecologic cancer, a hysterectomy may be your best treatment option. The type of hysterectomy you have will depend upon your medical history and health, as well as the extent of the cancer growth.

Traditional hysterectomies for gynecologic cancers are performed via open abdominal surgery, requiring a long vertical incision (from the pubic bone to just above the navel). An open abdominal hysterectomy can be painful for patients, involving heavy medications, risk of infection and significant blood loss during surgery. After surgery, a long recovery (typically six weeks) is necessary. In addition, many patients are not happy with the scar left by the incision.

However, a new minimally invasive robotic surgery is quickly becoming the treatment of choice at Gwinnett Medical Center–Duluth and for surgeons worldwide.

Diagram of open incision versus robotic incisionA robotic hysterectomy combines the advantages of conventional open and minimally invasive laparoscopic hysterectomies, but with far fewer drawbacks. It is performed using the da Vinci® robot, which enables surgeons to perform surgical procedures with unmatched precision, dexterity and control. Learn more about the benefits of a robotic hysterectomy versus the traditional open hysterectomy.

While a hysterectomy is a relatively safe procedure, it may not be appropriate or necessary for all individuals or conditions. Always ask your gynecologist or OB/GYN about all treatment options, as well as their risks and benefits.

Download a FREE brochure to learn about robotic procedures offered at GMC–Duluth.

For a physician referral, call 678-312-5000 or click here to find a doctor and search “robotic surgery.”