In some cases, surgery may be a patient’s best option for eliminating or treating cancer. Surgery can be appropriate as a first step in the treatment process, or in many instances, surgery can come after other treatments have been prescribed – often after a tumor has shrunk from chemotherapy. Surgery can also be useful to address other medical issues that arise as a result of cancer or cancer treatment.
At Sylvester, we offer a variety of surgical options performed by expert surgeons who focus on specific types of cancer. These range from procedures to remove entire organs or parts of organs, like mastectomies, to minimally-invasive, laparoscopic procedures that use tiny video cameras to help surgeons access tumors through small holes.
In addition, our surgeons increasingly use robotic-assisted approaches, such as the da Vinci Surgical System™. With the da Vinci, the surgeon operates robotic “hands” to precisely manipulate internal structures through tiny one-to-two centimeter holes. These minimally invasive procedures, which include single incision surgeries, result in faster recovery, reduced post-operative pain, fewer penetration injuries, and lower infection rates.