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Robotic Gynecologic Cancer Surgery

Gynecologic oncologists at the Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center have advanced training and experience in specialized robotic-assisted surgery for the treatment of uterine, cervical and ovarian cancer. Our skilled surgeons train physicians from across the country on how to provide safe, leading-edge da Vinci® robotic surgeries.

Robotic-assisted procedures help reduce surgical risks and have a lower risk of bleeding, infection, pain and scarring. You also spend less time in the hospital, and can recover more quickly after surgery. 

During a robotic-assisted procedure, your doctor uses a few small incisions in your abdomen to perform surgery. The robotic system gives your doctor detailed, 3D views of your abdomen — a clearer view than with other minimally invasive surgeries. The tiny, specialized tools are also more steady and flexible than the human hand, giving your doctor better control and precision to remove cancer.

Our expert gynecologic oncologists perform a wide range of robotic cancer surgeries, offering you more options for cancer treatment.

Robotic Surgery Overview

In traditional laparoscopic surgery, manual rigid instruments are used to perform the procedure. With the da Vinci® Surgical System, a 3D immersive view of the targeted area on the patient’s body and minimal incisions are used.

When conducting robotic surgery, Orlando Health surgeons are able to perform general surgery with minimally invasive techniques. Coupled with the surgeon’s expertise, the da Vinci® Surgical System mimics the surgeon’s hands movements while simultaneously helping reduce tremors and enabling big movements to be scaled down.

Robotic Hysterectomy for Gynecologic Cancer

A hysterectomy is a common treatment for cancer that affects the uterus or cervix. Depending on your needs, you may have:

  • A simple hysterectomy to remove the uterus and cervix.
  • A simple hysterectomy plus bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy to remove the uterus, cervix, ovaries and fallopian tubes.
  • A radical hysterectomy to remove the uterus, cervix and upper vagina.

Your gynecologic oncologist will help determine which surgery is right for you. Recovery from a robotic hysterectomy generally takes about two weeks compared with an open hysterectomy, which can take up to six weeks for recovery.

Robotic Pelvic and Para-aortic Lymph Node Dissection

A lymph node dissection, (also referred to as a lymphadenectomy) may be recommended for the presence of endometrial cancer, ovarian cancer or cervical cancer. This procedure is performed to clear any cancerous lymph nodes from a specified area of the body. Recovery from this robotic procedure generally takes 1 week if no hysterectomy is performed at the same time.

Robotic Fertility-Sparing Radical Trachelectomy

A radical trachelectomy is a fertility-sparing surgical approach for women with small localized cervical cancer. This procedure removes the cervix and surrounding tissue while maintaining the top portion of the uterus. Recovery from the robotic procedure generally takes 2 weeks compared to 4–6 weeks for conventional open surgery.

Robotic Parametrectomy

If cervical cancer is found after a simple hysterectomy it may be necessary to perform an additional procedure called a parametrectomy to remove cancer from the surrounding tissues of the cervix. Recovery from the robotic procedure generally takes 1–2 weeks compared to 4–6 weeks for conventional open surgery.

Robotic Tumor Reductive Surgery

For women with later-stage ovarian cancer, the goal of this surgery is to remove as much tumor as is safely possible. This may include removing tissue from nearby organs, such as the spleen, gallbladder, stomach, bladder or colon. Recovery from the robotic procedure generally takes 3–4 weeks compared to 6–8 weeks for conventional open surgery.    

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