Minimally Invasive Cancer Surgery

GOA utilizes advanced robotic minimally-invasive (MIS) cancer surgery as the preferred method of surgical treatment whenever possible. For most women with endometrial and early cervical cancers, this method can be used to get them on a fast track to recovery and return them to their lives. In some cases, MIS can also be used for women with ovarian cancers due to its high success rate and fast recovery period. A recent study completed by one of our own GOA physicians found that use of robotic MIS resulted in a shorter length of hospital stay, lower readmission rates, and fewer post-surgical complications in women with endometrial cancer.

Did you know…

GOA physician Lisa Abaid just performed the 10,000th advanced robotic minimally-invasive surgery at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach, becoming one of only a very select few hospitals in the entire United States to do so? All of the physicians at GOA have received speciality training in use of advanced robotic cancer surgery. By using the robotic platform, we are able to make MIS an option for more women, including those who may not be a candidate for more traditional laparoscopic procedures.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does RAS work?

RAS works by making tiny incisions in your abdomen and inserting specialized robotic arms. Your doctor will then “operate” on your cancer through a control panel and the robotic arms will replicate the surgeon’s motions, effectively performing the surgery in a specific, localized area. This allows for the entire surgery to be completed through a much smaller incision, meaning there is far less pain, a decreased risk of complications, and a shorter recovery time. For more information on how RAS works when used for specific procedures, visit the daVinci Surgery page. I’ve been turned away from cancer surgery before because of my weight, am I a candidate for RAS?

RAS is the ideal choice for patients who have not previously been a candidate for GYN surgery because of obesity. Due to the minimally-invasive nature of RAS, it can safely be offered to patients who would otherwise be a high-risk for open surgeries. RAS can often be performed on patients who are morbidly obese as the robotic platform directly handles the physical stress of the surgery (lifting and leverage) allowing the surgeon to focus on only completing the procedure.

How long is the recovery period for RAS?

While the overall recovery period varies from patient to patient, most patients who receive RAS have a relatively quick recovery time. GOA is proud to note that 80% of our robotic surgeries can be performed as an outpatient procedure, allowing patients to get back to the comfort of their homes and lives. A small portion of women undergoing RAS may require a brief hospital stay when other medical conditions are present. While we strive to get patients home and recovering, we always individualize care to keep our patients safe and comfortable.