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Traditional open surgery is often used for complex gynecologic radical and ultra-radical surgical cases and may be the best treatment option for the situation of some patients with gynecologic cancer. These surgeries are performed the traditional (open) way via one long incision in the abdominal area. For some cases, this method allows the surgeon to get the best view of the suspected cancer so that the cancer can be safely removed.
The type, size, and stage of cancer can indicate the extent of surgery needed to remove the cancerous tumor and areas to which the cancer may have spread. Ultra-radical surgery is the removal of as much of the cancerous tumor as possible and includes leaving a clear margin, or radius around the tumor location in which no more cancerous cells are found. Radical surgery is an extensive and complex surgery to remove the cancerous tumor along with any affected lymph nodes.
For these complex cancer surgeries the doctor has the added advantage of directly seeing, holding and examining the organs and tumor. Dr. Neil Rosenshein is a much sought-after presenter on this topic and has trained numerous physicians on the intricacies of traditional invasive surgery. In addition, he has written a comprehensive book on traditional invasive surgery for ovarian, uterine and cervical cancer.
Traditional open surgery can be used to treat any type of gynecologic cancer, though, in some instances, minimally invasive laparoscopic or robotic surgery may be a better treatment method. Traditional open surgery is more invasive, however, it remains one of the best surgery options for many women, especially if they are diagnosed with complex cases of ovarian, uterine, and cervical cancer.
Traditional open surgery is often used for complex gynecologic radical and ultra-radical surgical cases. The type, size, and stage of cancer can indicate the extent of surgery needed to remove the cancerous tumor and areas to which the cancer may have spread. This method allows the surgeon to get a full view of the suspected cancer so that the cancer can be removed.
The surgeons at The Gynecologic Oncology Center provide expertise in traditional open surgery to treat gynecologic conditions and cancers. Our doctors offer the following gynecologic procedures in the traditional open method for appropriate cases:
The best candidates for traditional invasive surgery are women who have an advanced stage of cancer, a very large tumor or a tumor that has spread to multiple organs. Traditional invasive surgery also may be recommended for women who are significantly overweight or have had prior abdominal surgeries resulting in layers of scar tissue.
For these complex cancer surgeries, an incision is made in the lower abdomen to provide adequate room to remove the tumor. With open surgery, the surgeon has the added advantage of directly seeing, holding and examining the organs and tumor.
The Gynecologic Oncology Center at Mercy in Baltimore, Maryland is one of the top Gynecologic Cancer Centers in the region. Our gynecologic oncologists are dedicated to helping patients find the best care, treatment, and surgery options available for gynecologic cancers including ovarian cancer, cervical cancer and uterine cancer. We are proud to be a recognized leader in gynecologic robotic surgery as well as laparascopic and traditional surgery and remain dedicated to helping women find a cure for cancer.
Hyung S. Ryu, M.D., is a highly skilled gynecologic surgeon, providing treatment of ovarian, cervical and uterine cancers at Mercy.
A nurse takes on the roles of patient and cancer survivor after facing a uterine cancer diagnosis and going through treatment at The Gynecologic Oncology Center at Mercy.