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Robotic Surgery Transforms Women's Cancer Treatment: An Insight by Dr. Sema Karakaş

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Robotic Surgery Transforms Women's Cancer Treatment: An Insight by Dr. Sema Karakaş

Dr. Sema Karakaş, a gynecological oncology specialist at Bakirkoy Dr. Sadi Konuk Training and Research Hospital, has shed light on the transformative use of robotic surgery in treating women's cancers. The technique, characterized by its minimal invasiveness and precision, has proven effective in treating endometrial, cervical, and vulvar cancers.

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Robotic Surgery: A New Era in Cancer Treatment

Robotic surgery employs an integrated imaging system with infrared technology, enabling the detection of even the tiniest cancer cells. This advancement not only enhances the accuracy of cancer staging but also optimizes postoperative treatment planning. Dr. Karakaş noted that the surgical process utilizes a green fluorescent dye that traces the path from the cervix to the sentinel lymph nodes. This innovative approach aids in determining the presence of metastasis without the need for removing all lymph nodes. The benefits of this are twofold: it reduces the risks of lymphedema and other complications, and it eliminates unnecessary surgical procedures.

The Advantages of Robotic Surgery

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One of the significant benefits of robotic surgery is its contribution to reducing surgeon fatigue. The technique also offers tremor-free operation and enhanced three-dimensional imaging for high-resolution procedures. Moreover, robotic surgery leads to shorter hospital stays, less pain, and reduced costs compared to traditional open surgeries. Dr. Karakaş emphasized that the Bakirkoy Dr. Sadi Konuk Training and Research Hospital provides these surgeries under government coverage, ensuring that patients are not burdened with extra charges.

Transforming Patient Experiences Worldwide

Dr. Karakaş mentioned that only a few centers in Turkey and globally perform surgeries using this technology. However, those that do, offer more comfortable patient experiences. In some cases, patients are discharged the day following surgery, marking a significant shift from the lengthy recovery periods often associated with traditional cancer treatments.

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