Laparoscopic and Robotic Cancer Surgery
At Koç Healthcare Women’s Health Center, our specialized gynecological oncologists use minimally invasive surgery and robotic surgery for the treatment of ovarian and cervical cancers. Some benefits of the minimally invasive surgery include: less pain after the operation, smaller incisions, less blood loss, faster recovery, decreased scarring, and lower risk of infection.
- Laparoscopic Surgery:
Laparoscopic surgery is also known as “key-hole” surgery where the abdomen is entered through tiny incisions without opening the skin. The operation is performed after passing a camera and operating instruments through the tiny incisions.
- Robotic Surgery:
This advanced method provides surgeon more precise control and better visualization during the operation.
4 robotic arms and 1 camera are entered to the abdomen through small incisions, and the surgeon controls the advanced robotic consoles. Robotic arms make very precise movements allowing the surgeon to control it as if they were controlling actual human hand movements.
Cytoreductive Surgery and Hyperthermic Chemotherapy:
Cytoreductive surgery, also known as debulking and heated chemotherapy are used at Koç Healthcare to provide the most effective therapy for advanced stage gynecologic cancers.
This combination method is used for some gynecologic cancers especially ovarian cancer as well as some gastrointestinal system malignancies. The treatment modality is comprised of two-steps:
1. Cytoreductive Surgery: Surgically removing any tumor mass that is visible to the naked eye.
2. Hyperthermic Chemotherapy: Accessing the possibly remaining tumor mass with highly concentrated and heated chemotherapy agents.
Koç Healthcare understands that each patient is different in terms of the extent and character of their disease, and will benefit differently from this advanced treatment. We evaluate our patients individually for any potential side effects of the treatment and determine the best treatment plan for our patients with advanced malignant disease.