Fox Chase is one of only a handful of institutions in the world to offer advanced laparoscopic and minimally invasive techniques for patients with cancer of the liver, pancreas, bile duct and gallbladder, including major liver surgery and complicated surgery of the pancreas, called Whipple procedures.
What is laparoscopic and minimally invasive surgery?
In a single-incision laparoscopy, the point of entry is the bellybutton. This procedure is ideally suited for treatment of benign tumors and diagnosis and staging of malignant diseases. Single-incision laparoscopic surgery currently consists of many procedures, such as cholecystectomies and splenectomies, and is also known as SPA (single port access) and LESS (laparo-endoscopic single-site) surgery.
Fox Chase surgeons perform minimally invasive liver and pancreatic surgery for:
- Major hepatic procedures
- Whipple procedures
- Bile duct cancer
- Liver cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Rectal cancer
- Stomach cancer
Our surgical team is fellowship-trained, meaning they have completed up to four years of additional training focused specifically on the highly complex techniques of cancer surgery, including minimally invasive procedures.
Fox Chase surgeons not only know how to use the technology, but they have more experience using it than most surgeons in the area. Our surgeons treat nearly all types of cancer with minimally invasive surgical techniques.