Many cancers can be treated through robotic surgical techniques, including adrenal cancer. While the term “robotic surgery” may imply that a machine is performing the surgery, this isn’t the case. Rather, an experienced surgeon makes small incisions and uses wristed, robotic instruments to perform precise, delicate movements that aren’t possible with the human hand alone.
Minimally invasive robotic technology can sometimes be used during an adrenalectomy—the primary form of treatment for adrenal cancer. During an adrenalectomy, the adrenal gland is surgically removed along with the tumor. While large or invasive adrenal masses are typically excised through an open adrenalectomy, robotic surgery may be appropriate if the adrenal gland can be removed in one piece and the tumor is small.
Other factors that can influence a patient’s eligibility for robotic adrenal cancer surgery include:
- Scar tissue from a previous abdominal surgery
- The specific location and size of the tumor
What are the advantages of robotic surgery?
The enhanced level of precision provided by robotic surgical technology affords several benefits to patients. When compared to open surgical techniques, robotic adrenal cancer surgery is associated with:
- Smaller incisions and less scarring
- A shorter hospital stay
- An easier surgical recovery period
- A lower risk of complications, such as infection and blood loss
Robotic adrenal cancer surgery at Moffitt Cancer Center
The Moffitt Institute for Robotic Cancer Surgery is home to world-class surgeons who utilize the da Vinci® Surgical System to achieve optimal outcomes for patients with adrenal masses and other cancers. Adrenal cancer patients at Moffitt also have access to a full array of progressive nonsurgical therapies, such as brachytherapy and targeted external beam radiation therapy.
Individuals who would like to consult with a Moffitt physician about their adrenal cancer surgery options can call 1-888-663-3488 or complete a new patient registration form online. Moffitt prioritizes rapid response times and connects prospective patients to cancer experts within one day.