A new procedure has been added to the therapeutic option for gynecological cancer patients involving minimally invasive intervention in the tumor surgery center of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinic of the Semmelweis University (SE); with the use of Da Vinci robotic technology, which has been available since July, additional patients can be included in the surgical procedure, which is less stressful.
In a statement sent to MTI on Wednesday, SE wrote that, after breast cancer, uterine cancer is the most common disease among gynecological malignancies, with 1,000-1,200 new cases diagnosed each year. The latest international recommendations recommend the use of a minimally invasive surgical technique for the removal of uterine tumors.
In the announcement, Balázs Lintner, the clinic’s chief physician, was quoted as saying about the advantages of the procedure: the laparoscopy and robotic technology that fall under this category involve much less stress and a faster recovery time, and patients can usually go home within 1-2 days after the operation.
The tumor care center of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinic has been providing complex care for four years, without territorial restrictions or referrals. In the case of uterine tumors, almost everyone is operated on with a minimally invasive procedure, which until now meant laparoscopic intervention, but since July, although to a lesser extent, the Da Vinci robot has also been included in the care.
With robotic technology, patients can also be operated on with a minimally invasive procedure, for whom a simpler laparoscopic surgery would be impossible or only very difficult to perform. The multiple magnification, the three-dimensional image and the robot’s range of motion, which is greater than that of a human hand, enable movements such as those performed during open abdominal surgery, which are not possible with a rigid laparoscope, explained the chief physician.
In two of the clinic’s four operating theaters, the center’s doctors operate two days a week, according to their plans, this will be expanded to three days a week.
Patients who come to the clinic due to suspicion of cancer are not asked for a referral, only to register for the outpatient day on Friday, and confirmed cases are operated on within one to one and a half months from the diagnosis, the university announced.