Robotic surgery is one of the latest and most effective treatment options for stomach cancer. Combining the benefits of minimally invasive surgery, such as faster recovery times and less scarring (as compared to traditional surgery), with an enhanced level of operative precision, robotic surgery offers a number of potential advantages to patients whose stomach cancer treatment plans include surgery.
At Moffitt Cancer Center, we use the da Vinci® Surgical System to assist the following types of robotic stomach cancer surgery:
- Total gastrectomy
- Partial gastrectomy
- Wedge gastric resection
- Transgastric tumor resection
Despite what it may sound like, robotic surgery is not performed by a robot. Instead, highly experienced surgical oncologists perform the surgery using a computerized console to control a corresponding set of robotic tools to enhance the process. The da Vinci Surgical System’s instruments can bend and rotate in ways that the hands of even the most highly skilled surgeons cannot. Additionally, the system provides a magnified, high-definition view of the tumor that allows the surgeon to visualize tissues and cells that are not visible with the naked eye. For many patients, this translates to a better surgical outcome and a higher quality of life – especially when used as a part of a comprehensive treatment plan.
For more information about robotic surgery and its use in treating stomach cancer at Moffitt, call 1-888-663-3488 or complete a new patient registration form online. Patients can consult with our stomach cancer treatment team with or without physicians’ referrals.