As the leader in gynecologic cancer care in the Southeast, Northside Hospital Cancer Institute continues to diagnose and treat more cases of gynecologic (GYN) cancer than any other program. The most common types of gynecologic cancers are cervical, endometrial (uterine) and ovarian cancer.
The specific type of cancer a woman has and how advanced it is will determine her available treatment options. For the majority of cancer patients, surgery is an integral component to their treatment plan. Patients at Northside can rest assured that they are receiving high-quality surgical services from some of health care’s most experienced surgeons. In fact, we lead the way in groundbreaking procedures for better outcomes and less invasive treatments of GYN cancers.
Four dedicated, women-only surgery suites for breast and gynecologic surgery feature the most advanced technology, facilities and staff. Our inpatient cancer unit also is designed specifically for women diagnosed with gynecologic cancer. Nurses and staff are specially trained in gynecologic cancer, chemotherapy and symptom management to provide resources, care and overall support. Multiple minimally invasive laparoscopic and traditional surgical procedures are available to treat a wide array of GYN conditions.
Hysterectomy is the second most common surgery after cesarean section. It can cure a variety of problems to which the uterus is prone. Most often hysterectomy is recommended for serious cases of fibroids, benign tumors that grow in the wall of the uterus. It also is used to cure severe cases of endometriosis, heavy non-menstrual bleeding, uterine or cervical cancer, and severe prolapse. In addition to traditional laparoscopic hysterectomy, surgeons at Northside perform hysterectomy robotically and via single-incision. Northside was the first hospital in Georgia to perform a radical hysterectomy using robotic technology.
Northside was the first hospital in Atlanta to offer Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemoperfusion, or HIPEC, to treat ovarian cancer. Performed during surgery, HIPEC delivers heated chemotherapy into the abdominal cavity, which allows a much higher dose of chemo to permeate the diseased tissue than could be accomplished conventionally. Physicians at Northside have performed more HIPEC procedures for ovarian cancer than any other hospital in the United States. In 2011, Northside combined HIPEC and the da Vinci® Surgical System, performing the first-ever reported robotic HIPEC case for ovarian cancer.
Northside ranks in the top 5% of all robotic GYN programs in the nation. By using robotic technology, Northside surgeons are allowed a greater range of motion than humanly possible and the ability to perform more precise, less invasive procedures. As a result, our patients experience reduced post-operative pain and shorter recovery times. Read more about our robotic surgery program.