• How small does a tumor have to be to have a robotic surgery? Can a larger sized tumor be too big for robotic?

    Asked by buckhunter on Tuesday, May 28, 2013

    How small does a tumor have to be to have a robotic surgery? Can a larger sized tumor be too big for robotic?

    2 Answers from the Community

    • Peroll's Avatar
      Peroll

      That depends on where the tumor is and is in close proximity. One of the advantages of robotic surgery is that it uses small incisions that allow faster healing. This would seem to make it less desirable for large tumors as they have to come out and that may result in a larger incision any how which would negate the advantage of robotic surgery. However, there are some techniques that can safely cut up a tumor before removal (you just don't what any bits left behind). If the tumor is close to major arteries or vessels or other vital parts then robotic may be too risky as nicking one might result in the need to open up the patient quickly to repair the damage. This is true with laparoscopic surgery too. You need to discuss this with your surgeon and if necessary you may need to find a surgeon with lots of experience with the robot to be able to handle a difficult size and location. Goos Luck

      almost 4 years ago
    • carm's Avatar
      carm

      Uncle Buck,
      If I remember correctly the tumor has to be no larger than 2.5 cm and sperical in shape. It cannot be involved with any vital structure like a blood vessel or a nerve. I hope this answers your question, Carm.

      almost 4 years ago

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