Gynecologic Cancer Surgery
In many cases, surgery is part of a comprehensive treatment plan for patients with cervical, uterine, ovarian and other forms of gynecological cancer.
At Tampa General Hospital, our gynecology oncology experts perform a variety of these surgeries, many of which can be performed with robotic assistance or in a minimally invasive manner.
Types of Surgery
Also known as debulking or cytoreduction, this procedure removes cancerous tumors in the cervix, uterus, ovaries, vagina or vulva. Excision can be performed traditionally or with a laparoscope, which is a flexible tube with a light and camera through which small surgical instruments are funneled. Laparoscopic surgery is a minimally invasive option that results in less bleeding and scarring and reduced pain compared to traditional surgery.
A hysterectomy is the removal of the uterus, or womb. A total hysterectomy involves the removal of the uterus and cervix, while a radical hysterectomy involves the removal of the uterus, cervix, tissues surrounding the cervix and part of the vagina. In some cases, the ovaries, fallopian tubes and lymph nodes may be removed as well.
This procedure removes one or both ovaries, the female reproductive glands situated on either side of the uterus. When one ovary is removed, the procedure is called a unilateral salpingo-oophorectomy. When both ovaries are removed, the surgery is called bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy.
Radiosurgery involves the use of a robotic arm that delivers highly targeted radiation to cancerous areas.
Expert Surgical Care at TGH
The gynecology cancer care team at Tampa General can treat even the most complex cases of gynecological cancers. Our surgeons are nationally recognized for their surgical expertise and run many clinical trials that put us at the forefront of treatment advancements in the field.
To learn more about the gynecological cancer surgery offered at Tampa General Hospital, call (813) 844-2200 to schedule an appointment. We run appointments weekdays between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.