What are the risks of removing only the cervix with cervical cancer?

Ricardo E. Estape, MD
Gynecologic Oncology

There’s always a chance for recurrence with cancer, so the more tissue we remove, the less chance for a recurring cancer to develop.  However, we’ve seen in our practice that the visualization of the cervix using the robot allows us to be sure that all the cancer is removed while we’re in the operating room.  We still monitor these patients every three months to be sure the cancer doesn’t return.  Also, there’s a small chance that the bladder and bowels don’t function following surgery – this usually resolves itself with time, and we do have ways to restore functionality.

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