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Minimally Invasive Surgery at Winthrop University Hospital Cancer Center

At the Forefront of Cancer Care

Winthrop University Hospital offers the full spectrum of minimally invasive treatment options. These state-of-the-art procedures typically result in shorter hospital stays and quicker recovery times for our patients.

The Benefits of Minimally Invasive Surgery

Unlike traditional open surgical procedures, minimally invasive procedures are surgeries that are performed through small incisions in the body. Small cameras, scopes and other types of highly specialized equipment expertly guide the surgeon inside the body.

Minimally invasive surgery allows our patient to recuperate faster, with less post-operative discomfort and faster healing. Not all conditions are eligible for minimally invasive procedures, however, when the surgery is feasible, the benefits of a minimally invasive approach are numerous.

  • Less trauma to the body, and less blood loss
  • Decreased length of hospital stay
  • More rapid recovery
  • Quicker return to everyday activities
  • Decreased scarring
  • Rapid return to normal activities

Minimally Invasive Surgical Procedures

Minimally invasive surgery allows physicians to perform many kinds of major surgery with less patient trauma and pain, minimal scarring, faster recovery and shorter hospital stays. Surgeries are performed through small incisions, which replace the large incisions needed for conventional open surgeries.

At Winthrop University Hospital, our team of minimally invasive surgery specialists is uniquely trained in these cutting edge procedures:

Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapy is a minimally invasive procedure that may be a primary treatment, or may be administered in conjunction with surgery or chemotherapy.

Radiation therapy works to eliminate any cancer cells that may remain after surgery, or to shrink the size of a tumor before open surgery or minimally invasive surgery. Shrinking the tumor helps make any form of surgery less extensive. Radiation may also be used to ease pain associated with cancer.

At Winthrop University Hospital, radiation therapy is expertly administered in the following fully staffed centers:

Interventional Radiology

These minimally invasive procedures are completely non-invasive, and allow oncologists to diagnose as well as treat cancer. Through imaging techniques such as X-ray, CT scans, MRIs, or ultrasound, interventional radiologist specialists are able to guide small catheters and other tools through tiny incisions in order to deliver treatment with incredible accuracy.

Treatments include high-dosage chemotherapy, heat/cold therapy directly to tumor, and radiation therapy. These state-of-the-art treatment options are utilized by our specialists in Gastroenterology/Colorectal, Urology, Cardiothoracic, Gynecologic and General surgery.