The Section of Surgical Oncology is at the forefront of surgical advances, specializing in the latest minimally-invasive laparoscopic procedures and robotic-assisted techniques. Their goal is to minimize patient recovery time, shorten the hospital stay, maximize the path to wellness and improve quality of life.
The well-known surgical oncologists, surgeons who specialize in the removal of tumors and surrounding tissues during operations and in performing biopsies, are trained in the surgical management of rare and complex tumors as well as more common malignancies. They treat the patient, not just the condition. That’s why they work with multidisciplinary teams to provide the best possible treatment. As a referral center, the physicians regularly treat cases which are too difficult to manage at other centers.
The highly skilled surgical oncologists specialize in techniques that lead to improved outcomes and faster post-surgical healing.
The Section of Surgical Oncology specializes in the following procedures and techniques:
- Robotic surgery – The surgical staff leads the way in robotic surgical treatments for prostate, kidney, colon, esophageal, liver, pancreas, cervical, lung and thoracic cancers. The surgeons were among the first in the Northeast to offer robotic hysterectomy and myomectomy.
- Laparoscopic – The faculty members are world leaders in minimally invasive approaches in treating urologic cancers and were part of the teams that performed the first laparoscopic prostate and kidney removals. They pioneered robotic surgery and the next evolution: laparoscopic single site surgery (LESS). Advanced laparoscopic surgery is used to treat tumors of the esophagus, stomach, intestine, colon, liver, pancreas, adrenal gland and retroperitoneum. Advantages include short hospital stay and quicker overall recovery.
- Thoracic surgery – Video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) is used to diagnose and treat lung and thoracic cancers.
- Head and neck surgery – They utilize the most advanced techniques to spare damage to organs, such as minimally invasive endoscopic skull base, microlaryngeal and parathyroid surgery, and employ the latest and highest quality reconstruction.
- NanoKnife® – Irreversible electroporation (IRE) is used for cancers of the pancreas which are not removable by conventional methods. Other ablative techniques are used at times in conjunction with surgical, radiologic and medical treatments. This allows for an individualized approach to treatment and control of these cancers.