Diagnosis of a gynecological cancer can be very scary and disruptive for women and their families. Performing cancer surgeries through a minimally invasive approach helps in making cancer treatment as gentle and as least disruptive as possible .It also enables these patients to get back to their lives and routine activities more quickly without a significant interruption in their quality of life. Today, women affected by most gynecologic malignancies can benefit from minimally invasive surgical advances. Rather than operating through a large abdominal incision, 3 to 5 small incisions can be used for laparoscopy or robotic surgery.
Advantages of this scarless or minimally invasive technique:
Excellent cosmetic results
Less postoperative pain
Minimal blood loss
Shorter hospital stay and early return to routine activity
Less chances of hernia formation, wound infection
No adhesion formation as compared to open surgery
You can go home early , with no scars:
Open procedures require a 3 to 4 night hospital stay, versus minimally invasive procedure where the patient is up and eating the same day and goes home the next day. Open Surgeries can be painful for patients and involve heavy medications, risk of infection and significant blood loss during surgery. After surgery, a long recovery is necessary. For some patients, this may overlap with a secondary treatment – usually radiation or chemotherapy.
Key Hole Surgery or Laparoscopic Surgery:
Doing surgery with smaller incisions was made possible with laparoscopy—inserting a miniature camera to see inside the abdomen. Surgeons make “keyhole” incisions, inflate the interior abdomen with gas to improve visibility, and insert the camera. Now robotic surgery has come along, combining small incisions with better instruments and improved imaging of the interior abdomen. But selection of the patient for such kind of surgery is very important, not every woman will be a candidate for this procedure. The patient should consult her doctor so as to decide what type of procedure is best suited for her.