Minimally Invasive Surgery for Gynecologic Cancer | Q&A


Associate Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Dr. Edward Tanner, discusses the benefits, risks and recovery of minimally invasive surgery for gynecologic cancers.

Questions asked:

1.       What is minimally invasive surgery?

2.       What are the minimally invasive surgical options? (briefly define laparoscopic, robotic, single site, etc.)

3.       Which gynecologic cancer patients are good candidates for minimally invasive surgery?

4.       Is minimally invasive surgery an option for all types of women’s cancers?

5.       What are the risks of minimally invasive surgery?

6.       What are the benefits of minimally invasive surgery for cancer patients?

7.       Will a patient still need chemotherapy and/or radiation after having surgery?

8.       Describe recovery.

9.       Why should I refer to a gynecologic oncologist

10.     Why refer a patient to Johns Hopkins for minimally invasive surgery?



Edward Tanner

Edward Tanner, MD

Associate Director, F.J. Montz Fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology