da Vinci GYN Oncology surgery

Gynecologic Oncology using the da Vinci Surgical System at the Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion

Using the da Vinci Surgical System for gynecologic cancer patients has been a quantum leap forward for treatment and recovery. The numbers of women with cancer of the reproductive system are staggering: almost 50,000 new cases of endometrial cancer each year.

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Dr. William Edward Richards is board-certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as Gynecologic Oncology and Advanced Pelvic Surgery. He has performed hundreds of successful robotic surgeries around the country.

da Vinci surgery provides:

  • Higher quality of life for patients
  • Reduced surgical morbidity
  • Shorter recovery time
  • Improved 3-D visualization for the surgeon, which allows a more accurate sampling of potentially cancerous tissue

In addition, patients experience less blood loss because this minimally invasive surgical option only requires five small incisions instead of one large one. 

With this improved surgical procedure, patients are then able to move more quickly to the next treatment phase of chemotherapy or radiation therapy, if necessary.

Other pre-cancerous and cancerous conditions of the reproductive tract treated by gynecologic oncology at the Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion include uterine, vaginal and vulvar cancer. Some of these cancers cause symptoms such as bleeding, pain, pressure or bloating that can help physicians discover the problem at an earlier stage.

The exception to early detection is ovarian cancer as this type of cancer is very aggressive and does not show early warning signs. Currently, there are no approved screening tests for ovarian cancer, but the experts at the LCRP monitor all technological advances through our research efforts.

Office Location for Dr. Richards

Candler Hospital
5353 Reynolds Street, Ste. 200
Savannah, GA 31405
912-819-5771