Minimally Invasive Therapies

The Urologic Oncology Center Provides Innovative, Effective Treatments for Testicular Cancer Patients

Just as every patient's health needs and lifestyle is unique, each individual's testicular cancer case is different. For some patients, University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center physicians may suggest a minimally invasive therapy for the treatment of testicular cancer.

Urologic Oncology Center, a part of UH Seidman Cancer Center located in Cleveland, offers patients safe and effective alternatives to conventional cancer surgery and radiation therapy, while providing the benefits of minimally invasive techniques. Our team specializes in the development and implementation of leading minimally invasive treatments for genitourinary cancers.

Potential benefits of these techniques include:

  • A reduction in postoperative pain
  • Shorter recovery time
  • Minimized hospital stay
  • Less impact overall on a patient's life

Minimally invasive procedures commonly performed by UH Seidman Cancer Center surgeons include laparoscopic inguinal orchiectomy and laparoscopic retroperitoneal lymph node dissection.

Laparoscopic Radical Inguinal Orchiectomy

This laparoscopic procedure involves the full removal of the testicle(s) that contain cancer. The UH Seidman Cancer Center surgeon makes tiny incisions in the scrotum and carefully withdraws the cancerous testicle(s) through the opening. During the procedure, the surgeon takes precautions to ensure that cancer cells do not spread into the individual’s surgical wounds. If both testicles are removed, a patient will need to take hormone therapy to ensure that the body has sufficient testosterone. Some patients choose to have a prosthetic testicle(s) surgically placed in the scrotum to maintain the natural appearance of the genitals.

Depending on the type and stage of the patient’s testicular cancer, specific lymph nodes behind the abdomen may also be removed at the same time or during a subsequent operation.

Laparoscopic Retroperitoneal Lymph Node Dissection

This laparoscopic procedure provides patients with an effective way to remove retroperitoneal (abdominal lymph nodes) in patients with testicular cancer. Since testicular cancer typically spreads to lymph nodes in this area, the physician examines this removed tissue to help determine the extent or stage of the disease.

To begin the procedure, the patient is sedated and turned on his side. The UH Seidman Cancer Center surgical oncologist makes small, keyhole-size incisions on the patient's abdomen. Then, he or she inserts a video camera and long instruments through the incisions. Using these tools, the surgeon can view inside the abdomen from a television monitor. The doctor can also remove the individual's lymph nodes surrounding the aorta and inferior vena cava (large blood vessels) through one of the incisions. Following the procedure, the small incisions are closed and the patient is awakened. The typical hospital stay for this procedure is two to four days.

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