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Minimally Invasive Surgery for Cancer Treatment

Loyola University Health System offers several options for minimally invasive treatment of cancer in our patients. Among these is robotic surgery for a number of surgical procedures that would otherwise require large incisions and long recovery times. Loyola recently became the first Illinois hospital to use this robotic surgery system for oral, head and neck tumors.

At Loyola our board certified surgical oncologists apply the latest technology with their deep surgical experience. The minimally invasive robot technology is designed to provide surgeons with enhanced capabilities, including three-dimensional visualization, precision and control.

For patients, the benefits are significant and may include:

  • Improved healing
  • Reduced blood loss
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Shorter recovery time
  • Smaller incisions
  • Quicker return to normal activities
  • Less damage to surrounding healthy tissue

Sometimes, using the robot means less time in the operating room and less time under anesthesia.

The robotic system works by translating your surgeon's hand movements on the robotic controls into more precise movements of the miniaturized instruments that are inserted into the body.

A tiny camera is inserted through a small incision so that the surgeon can see inside the body on a three-dimensional screen and control every move of the robotic arms from a computer console. The robot's arms are fully jointed, allowing them to turn and grasp with more agility and precision than the human hand.

Minimally invasive techniques are becoming more common in the treatment of cancer of the lung, kidney and prostate. They are used in the following practice areas of the cancer center:

  • Gastroenterology Services
  • Gastrointestinal Oncology Center
  • Gynecologic Oncology Services
  • Surgical Oncology
  • Thoracic and Lung Oncology Program
  • Urologic Cancer Services