Dr. Donato operates using the latest in robotic technology, the da Vinci Surgical System. Like laparoscopic surgery, robotic-assisted surgery is done through just a few small incisions in the abdomen. Through these incisions a magnified 3D high-definition vision system and tiny instruments are inserted. Dr. Donato then uses the robot to control these instruments inside the abdomen to perform the needed procedure.
Robotic-assisted surgeries result in shorter hospital stays, less post-op pain, and faster return to routine activities. In fact, more than 95 percent of patients who undergo robotic surgery are treated as outpatients, and sent home the same day, if doing well.
Other Surgical/Treatment Options
Dependent on the type and stage of the cancer non-minimally invasive procedures may not be an option. In some cases patients may need to receive neoadjuvant therapy before surgery to shrink the tumor, allowing for easier surgical removal. Examples of neoadjuvant therapy include chemotherapy, radiation therapy and hormone therapy.
In more advanced disease stages where the cancer is no longer confined and has spread, surgery may be combined with radiation and/or chemotherapy to kill any residual cancer left behind. This is called adjuvant therapy.
hemotherapy administered directly into the abdominal cavity (intraperitoneal chemotherapy) is also an option in some patients who have had optimal surgical resection of their tumor with minimal remaining disease