A wide variety of gynecologic cancers can affect a woman’s reproductive system, which consists of the uterus, vagina, ovaries and fallopian tubes. The most common types of gynecologic cancers are cervical, endometrial (uterine) and ovarian cancer. The specific type of cancer a woman has and how advanced it is, will determine her available treatment options.
Women with early stage gynecologic cancer are often treated with hysterectomy — the surgical removal of the uterus. In this procedure, the doctor may also remove the ovaries, fallopian tubes and/or select lymph nodes.
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). 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.
Dr. Francisco Xynos is among the few gynecologic oncologists in the Midwest to perform robotic-assisted hysterectomy and related procedures for early stage gynecologic cancer. Using the innovative da Vinci Surgical System at the SSM Robotic Surgery Institute, Dr. Xynos performs minimally invasive, robotic-assisted procedures that reduce the pain, recovery and scarring associated with hysterectomy.
Patients get back to life faster — without the usual pain and discomfort after major surgery.
If you have been recommended for hysterectomy to treat early stage cancer, talk with your doctor about the benefits of robotic-assisted minimally invasive surgery. Only you and your doctor can decide whether this procedure may be right for you.
Specially trained gynecologic oncologists perform minimally invasie robotic-assisted surgery for cancer. At the SSM Robotic Surgery Institute, this surgery is performed by:
Francisco Xynos, M.D.
For a referral to this physician, please call 1-866-SSM-DOCS (776-3627).