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What types of surgeries treat endometrial (uterine) cancer?

The following are different types of surgery for endometrial cancer:
  • Open surgery: An incision several inches in length is made in the abdomen to provide access to the reproductive organs. A simple hysterectomy removes your uterus and cervix. An abdominal hysterectomy removes your uterus, cervix, fallopian tubes, and ovaries. A radical hysterectomy removes your uterus, cervix, fallopian tubes, ovaries, and tissue around the uterus.
  • Vaginal hysterectomy: The uterus is removed through a small incision at the top of your vagina.
  • Laparoscopy: This minimally invasive procedure can be performed to remove some cancers or sample lymph nodes to see if the cancer has spread. Pain and recovery time are greatly reduced with a minimally invasive procedure. It involves only a few very small incisions to allow a viewing scope, camera, and special surgical instruments to be inserted to perform the surgery. Your uterus may be removed through a small incision at the top of the vagina.
  • Robotic surgery: This minimally invasive procedure is similar to a laparoscopy but uses the precision of robotics coupled with magnified views and the surgeon's skills to perform a hysterectomy (removal of the uterus).

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