Robotic surgery is used in oncology for surgeries in areas that are hard to access via traditional surgery. A robot performs the surgery, while a surgeon remotely controls it. 3-D images help to guide the surgeon's movements. Robotic surgery is generally only available in very specialized treatment facilities.
Richard E. Johnson, MD
Location and Office HoursDartmouth-Hitchcock Specialty Medicine
Nashua, NH 03063
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How is robotic surgery used in oncology?
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How can I donate my own blood for a transfusion if I need cancer surgery?
Aurora Health Care answeredIf your need surgery, you can donate your own blood for a blood transfusion (autologous blood donation) in several ways, including:
1. Donating before surgery -- Blood banks can draw your blood and store it for your use. This is most often done for a planned surgery. Blood can be stored for only a limited time, so the donation must be planned with the date of surgery in mind.
2. Donating during surgery -- This can be done in two ways. If you are interested in either of the following, make an appointment to speak to your anesthesiologist before your date of surgery.
- Right before surgery, your doctor may be able to remove some of your blood and replace it with other fluids ("hemodilution"). After surgery this blood may be returned to you.
- During surgery, the surgeon may be able to recycle your blood ("cell saver"). Blood that is normally lost and discarded may be collected, processed, and returned to you. (This may not be an option for patients with cancer, since cancer cells can be "reintroduced" in the blood.)
What is video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (vats) for lung cancer?
Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) is a surgery that may be done to remove lung cancer.
VATS is a less invasive procedure than a regular open chest surgery (thoracotomy), where the chest is cut open and the ribs are spread apart to allow access to the lungs. VATS uses several small cuts (incisions) so a tiny camera and special tools can be inserted into the chest and lung to remove cancer.
VATS also allows for a faster recovery than open chest surgery. And there are fewer problems during and after surgery.
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