Robotic Surgery for Gynaecological Cancer
Westmead Private Hospital now offers leading edge robotic technology for the treatment of gynaecological cancer. The da Vinci Si ® Surgical System enables our highly skilled surgeons to provide patients with superior options for gynaecological cancer surgery. Use of the da Vinci Si ® Surgical System represents the fastest growing treatment for cancer world-wide. The robot at Westmead Private Hospital is the first system in Australia to offer single site incision capabilities. As a centre of surgical excellence, pairing cutting edge technology with exceptional surgical skills and nursing care, Westmead Private Hospital is advancing the management of gynaecological cancer for women.
What is Gynaecological Cancer?
Gynaecological Cancer is any malignancy (cancer) of the female reproductive tract, including cervix, endometrium, fallopian tubes, ovaries, uterus and vagina.
Treatment of Gynaecological Cancers is often multidisciplinary, requiring co-ordination of surgical care with chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
The type of treatment you have will depend on the stage of the cancer and your general health.
The Surgical Treatment
While there are a range of non-invasive treatment options available to women to relieve symptoms of benign conditions or to slow the growth of gynaecologic cancers, surgery remains the accepted and most effective treatment option for a range of gynaecologic conditions.
The goal of surgery is to confirm the diagnosis, establish where the cancer has spread in early cases and remove as much of the tumour as possible in advanced cases.
Traditional open Gynaecologic Surgery, using a large incision for access to the uterus and surrounding anatomy, has for many years been the standard approach to many Gynaecologic procedures.
If your Doctor recommends surgery to treat your Gynaecological Cancer, you may be a candidate for the new, less invasive surgical procedure using the da Vinci Robot.
Gynaecological robotic surgery incorporates a state of the art surgical system that helps your surgeon see vital anatomical structures more clearly and to perform a more precise surgical procedure.
Robotic systems replicate the surgeon's hand movement at the very tips of the miniature instruments when performing surgery. This makes for an intuitive approach with superior precision, allowing surgeons to perform more complex surgery in a keyhole fashion. The robot only needs incisions of less than 1cm in which to operate.
Gynaecological surgery, with the use of the da Vinci Robot, offers numerous potential benefits which may include:
- Decreased post-operative pain
- Reduced length of hospital stay
- Reduced risk of infection
- Faster recovery