Minimally Invasive Cancer Surgery Options Available at Tampa General Hospital
Cancer surgery is performed for many different reasons. The goal may be to remove an entire tumor, part of a tumor, or to ease cancer symptoms. Surgery may also be used as a diagnostic tool that enables doctors to learn more about a tumor in the body. The type of cancer, size of the tumor, and its location in the body are just some of the factors that go into determining what type of cancer surgery, if any, is most appropriate for a patient¡¯s specific condition. Surgery is also commonly performed in conjunction with other treatments, such as radiation and chemotherapy.
Surgery typically yields the best results when it targets solid tumors that are contained in one area, meaning cancer that hasn¡¯t spread in the body. Traditional, open surgery is performed through one incision. A minimally invasive surgery typically entails multiple, smaller incisions and the use of special tools that allow the surgeon to target the tumor precisely while reducing the impact of the procedure on the body. Some of the potential benefits of minimally invasive cancer surgery include:
- Faster recovery times
- Reduced risk of complications
- Less pain
- Shorter hospital stays
At Tampa General Hospital, we perform many types of cancer surgery, including minimally invasive surgery, and frequently use robotics during these procedures for enhanced precision. As part of our multidisciplinary approach to cancer treatment, our surgeons work closely with medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, and other cancer specialists to plan and execute the most effective treatment possible.
To discuss your options for cancer surgery, please call (813) 844-2200 and schedule an appointment with our clinic.