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OhioHealth hospitals are some of the most experienced surgical hospitals in central Ohio, performing cancer surgeries with the most advanced technologies.

Our highly specialized cancer surgeons treat all types of cancers and collaborate with other specialty areas, such as radiation oncology, to determine the best treatment approach for you and your cancer condition.

Cancer surgeries at OhioHealth include but are not limited to the following areas:

  • Breast surgery, minimally invasive, mastectomy, reconstruction
  • Colon and rectal surgery
  • Pancreas and liver surgery
  • Cardiothoracic surgery
  • Gynecologic/oncology surgery
  • Neurosurgery
  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Reconstructive surgery
  • Thyroid surgery
  • Urological surgery
  • Vascular surgery 

    How Your Cancer Surgery Is Scheduled 

    Your medical oncologist’s office will coordinate with your surgeon’s office to schedule your surgery or procedure and any pre-admission testing appointments you need. Your surgeon’s office will follow-up with your medical oncologist about your appointment.

    Once your surgery is scheduled, your OhioHealth hospital will contact you for pre-registration. The hospital will contact you once again, closer to your scheduled surgery, to confirm your arrival time and review any necessary pre-operative information. During these phone calls, we’ll ask you for information about your medications, medical history and prior surgeries.

    Treating Cancer with Minimally Invasive Surgery 

    Robot assisted minimally invasive surgery is one of the many advanced surgical techniques we use at OhioHealth to treat colon, prostate, gynecologic and other cancers. This less invasive approach offers many benefits to our cancer patients, including less pain, shorter hospital stays and a faster return to your life.

    OhioHealth has six da Vinci™ Surgical System robots – three at Riverside Methodist, two at Grant and one at Doctors Hospital. This minimally invasive technology provides powerful advances for the surgeon that:

    • Increase dexterity for difficult components of the minimally invasive procedure
    • Offer better visualization with a high-resolution three-dimensional image, instead of the two dimensional or "flat" video screen of traditional minimally invasive surgery

    Not all cancer patients are candidates for robot-assisted surgery. If you have questions about your cancer surgery and this advanced technology, please talk to your medical oncologist or surgeon.

    Our Surgical Expertise Treating Liver and Pancreatic Cancer 

    OhioHealth surgeons at Riverside Methodist Hospital and Grant Medical Center treat a high volume of patients with liver and pancreatic cancers. Their extensive experience provides valuable expertise for these cancer types that are difficult to treat, including surgical options for safe and effective removal of tumors previously thought to be inoperable.

    One of those surgical options includes the Whipple procedure for cancer in the pancreatic head.

    The Whipple is a surgical procedure that involves the removal of the gallbladder, common bile duct, a portion of the duodenum and the head of the pancreas. This complex and extensive procedure is regularly performed by our specialized surgeons at Riverside Methodist with a high success rate. If a surgical cure is not obtained, the procedure provides prolonged palliation and a better quality of life for the cancer patient.

    Our Blood Conservation Program at Grant Medical Center 

    Only a handful of select hospital systems in the U.S. offer bloodless medicine, including The Center for Blood Conservation at Grant, which developed the program in October 2006 to meet the healthcare requirements of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

    Bloodless medicine refers to medical techniques designed to monitor, conserve and improve the efficiency of the patient’s existing blood supply during surgery. The techniques can involve dietary practices prior to surgery, medications prior to surgery, specific techniques during surgery and the use of blood collected during surgery.

    If you wish to learn more about this program, please contact the program coordinator, Abby Retterer, at (614) 566.8201 or 1.888.276.1187.

    If You Have Questions About Your Cancer Surgery 

    During your cancer care, you have the full support of OhioHealth’s team of highly skilled cancer care specialists. If you have any questions about your cancer surgery, please do not hesitate to ask anyone on your cancer care team. Also, your patient navigator can assist you in communicating with your surgeon about your procedure.

    To speak to a patient navigator, call (614) 566.4321 or 1 (800) 752.9119 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.