High-quality care and sensitivity to our patients' needs are the hallmarks of surgical oncology care provided at Atrium Medical Center.
At Atrium Medical Center, we perform a wide variety of cancer surgeries to promote a healthier outcome. Often, oncologists assist our surgeons with procedures.
During surgery, your surgeon removes as much of the tumor as possible. Many of our surgeons use needle localization, which involves the use of an x-ray to insert a small, thin wire into the suspicious area. This helps guide your surgeon and localize the surgery to help preserve healthy tissue.
Several of our surgeons also use robotic-assisted surgery as a minimally invasive surgical option. This surgery utilizes the da Vinci® Surgical System to operate using small incisions, which can result in less blood loss and shorter hospital stays.
The tissue removed during surgery is often examined by a pathologist for signs of tumor cells near the edge of the incision. This ensures all detectable cancer cells have been removed. If no cancer cells are visible in the tissue surrounding the removed tissue, the specimen may be said to have “clean margins.”
After the procedure, we assist with pain control by finding the most effective combination of medications to help optimize comfort.
Surgical oncology procedures performed at Atrium Medical Center include:
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Content Updated: November 20, 2014