Depending on the type of cancer, tumor size, and location in the body,
surgery to remove a malignant lesion can offer the best and most immediate
impact toward a successful cancer recovery. Our highly trained and expertly
skilled surgeons provide optimal care using leading technology in our
state-of-the-art surgical department.
The Cancer Institute surgeons have expertise in a wide variety of surgeries
including breast surgery, reconstructive surgery, abdominal surgery for
gynecologic malignancies, surgery of the digestive tract, prostate surgery,
thoracic surgery, head and neck surgery, surgery for cancer of the urinary
tract, neurosurgery, among others. In addition to removing cancer, the
other goal of surgery is to minimize adverse side effects and preserve
or restore function.
Laparoscopic surgery, or the use of a thin metal tube that contains a light
and other instruments to facilitate careful tissue manipulation and removal,
is done through one or more small incisions, typically in the abdomen.
A laparoscope offers the surgeon a two-dimensional view of the surgical
area. Laparoscopic surgery is the preferred treatment for several types
of cancer because these techniques offer effective treatment with reduced
invasiveness which typically results in a speedier recovery.
The da Vinci® Surgical System
da Vinci® Surgical System offered by Torrance Memorial gives patients access to the latest and least
invasive surgical device available. This computer robotic-assisted system
is typically used in procedures treating prostate and gynecological cancers.
Employing 3D imaging, pivots at the site of small incisions, and microscopic
instruments, the da Vinci System is more precise than traditional laparoscopic
or open surgeries.
The system allows your surgeon to perform complex procedures to remove
your cancer while avoiding damage to the sensitive tissues surrounding
the tumor or incision area. This results in far less blood loss and reduces
post-surgery pain or discomfort. The system is not computer controlled
or programmed. Your surgeon makes every decision and controls all maneuvers
of the system during surgery.
Torrance Memorial has developed printed information to help patients and
their loved ones with understanding robot-assisted radical prostatectomy-- click
here to view. This patient/family printed information is also available in
Spanish and Japanese by call the Cancer Resource Center at (310) 517-4665.
Prior to the day of your surgery, patients at Torrance Memorial typically
undergo pre-operative testing. These tests determine your baseline health
and aid surgeons in making decisions during the procedure.
To save time and help the day of surgery go smoothly, pre-registration
is available and recommended. This
pre-registration is available by phone from about 10 days before surgery up to the evening
before your surgery date. As part of the pre-registration process, be
sure you understand where you are to report on the day of surgery.
On the day of your surgery, wear loose, comfortable clothes and leave all
valuables such as jewelry at home. When you arrive at the hospital, check
in either at Admitting in the lobby of the Lundquist Tower or Day Surgery
on the first floor of the West Wing (unless you are undergoing breast
surgery and have been instructed to report to the
Breast Diagnostic Center.) In the pre-op area you will be prepped for surgery by registered nurses
and meet with your surgical team.
Following surgery, your safety and comfort are paramount while you recover
from anesthesia. Recovery room nurses specifically trained to find the
first signs of complications and pain carefully monitor all post-surgery
patients. These nurses are certified in adult and pediatric cardiac life
support. Also, all operating room staff undergo continuing education from
a dedicated operating room instructor for both OR and post-anesthesia care.
Once you have been favorably recovered, you are moved to an inpatient unit
for your hospital stay or, in the case of outpatient surgery, transferred
to the pre-discharge area for release to your friends and family to recover at home.
Whether your surgery can be done as an outpatient, or requires an overnight
hospital stay, before discharge all surgery patients and their loved ones
are given printed discharge instructions, information on pain management,
and a plan for folllow-up with the surgeon in his or her office.
Most cancer patients who need to stay overnight in the hospital are transferred to
7 West Lundquist Tower Lemkin Pavilion from the Recovery Room. The 7 West Lundquist Tower Lemkin Pavilion is a
dedicated inpatient oncology unit with large private rooms and staff specifically
trained to meet the needs of cancer patients. The 7 West Lundquist Tower
Lemkin Pavilion is staffed with certified oncology nurses and a support
team trained to control cancer symptoms and facilitate recovery. These
members of your care team provide the care needed to speed your recovery
from surgery and provide the teaching you and your family will need to
take you safely home as soon as possible.