Dr. Paul Magtibay provides valuable information about the Mayo Clinic robotic surgery used to treat endometrial cancer.
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Robotic Surgery Option for Endometrial Cancer Our surgical management here at Mayo Clinic in Arizona has changed dramatically in the treatment of women with endometrial cancer. Traditionally, and still in many institutions around the country, women are still receiving the laparotomies or big incisions to remove their uterus tubes and ovaries and the lymph nodes if needed. And that’s still, in many ways, the gold standard, but as you know, could imagine what an incision of that size, these women are laid up for a much longer period of time and are actually at an increased risk of operative and post-operative complications. So, we moved from laparotomy or the big incision to laparoscopy, which is a minimally invasive approach similar to removal of the gall bladder that the general surgeons do where we make a small incisions and do the same procedure. But now we’ve transitioned since 2004 to robotics or the da Vinci robotics system, which is an advanced laparoscopic procedure, which really has enhanced our ability to do more difficult operations and more technically complex operations without making that bigger incision which has had really a dramatic effect on patients because now patients are usually in the hospital only one night, may be two nights. Some patients undergoing a straightforward hysterectomy will even go home in the same day and the recovery is much less. They are back to work in less that half the time compared to a woman who has an incision or a large incision to have her procedure performed. So, we have gone from the big incision all the way to robotics and we at Mayo Clinic at Arizona have actually been leaders in that field and have one of the busiest robotic practices in the nation.