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Surgical oncology

Our department

The Department of Surgical Oncology at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), Tulsa, provides a variety of surgical procedures to treat cancer and cancer-related symptoms for the wide variety of types and stages of disease.

The team also uses the Advanced Surgical Recovery (ASURE) program, which incorporates recovery, anesthesia and post-operative care to improve patient functionality, while reducing reliance on narcotics and supporting the healing process. “ASURE is designed to help patients recover from surgery faster, with shorter hospital stays and fewer complications,” says Christopher Schmidt, DO, Medical Director of Anesthesiology and Anesthesiologist at CTCA® Tulsa.

 

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What to expect

Prior to surgery, we will explain what you may expect, answer your questions and help you feel comfortable with the upcoming procedure.

During surgery, our pathologists may evaluate tissue samples as they are removed and provide pathology results immediately. This helps your surgical oncologist remove as much cancerous tissue as possible during surgery, reducing the likelihood that you will have to undergo multiple surgeries.

After surgery, your care team will work with you to prevent and manage side effects. You may also have reconstructive surgery to restore appearance or function.

Innovations in surgery

Our experienced surgeons have performed thousands of procedures and will discuss the surgical options that meet your individual needs. We provide minimally invasive surgical procedures through the da Vinci® Surgical System and the Flex Robotic® System, which are designed to help reduce side effects and shorten recovery.

Whether a patient is a candidate for surgery depends on factors such as the location, size, type, grade and stage of the tumor, as well as his or her age, general health and other factors. The goal of surgery may be to remove the tumor, reconstruct a part of the body, or to relieve symptoms such as pain to improve your quality of life.

For some patients, surgery may be combined with other cancer treatments, such as chemotherapyradiation therapy or hormone therapy, administered before or after surgery to help stop cancer growth, spread or recurrence.

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Surgery sub-specialties

Head and neck surgery: Our otolaryngologist specializes in advanced surgical procedures for head and neck cancers, including laryngectomies, neck dissections, thyroidectomies/parathryoidectomies, parotidectomies, sinonasal tumor excisions, endoscopic sinus surgery and other ENT and head and neck surgeries.

Breast surgery: Led by Medical Director of Surgery and Breast Surgery Michael Thomas, MD, FACS, our surgical oncologists perform a variety of surgical procedures to treat breast cancer. Whenever possible, our surgical team performs breast-sparing surgery, such as lumpectomies and partial breast mastectomies. The team partners with our plastic and reconstructive surgeon to offer oncoplastic and breast reconstructive surgeries, including nipple-sparing mastectomies.

Gynecologic oncology: Gynecologic Oncologist David G. McIntosh, MD, is trained and experienced in treating gynecologic malignancies using surgery—including minimally robotic surgery options for some patients—chemotherapy and other specialized treatments, such as intraperitoneal chemotherapy, which delivers chemotherapy to the patient’s abdominal cavity to directly target cancerous cells in that area.

Hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy: For some patients who have advanced surface spread of cancer within the abdomen, our Surgical Oncologist and Hepatopancreaticobiliary Surgeon Pragatheeshwar Thirunavukarasu, MD, may perform hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy following surgery. In this procedure, we deliver a heated, sterilized chemotherapy solution to the abdomen to penetrate and destroy cancer cells that remain in the abdomen.

Neurosurgery: Our neurosurgeons use innovative surgical techniques, such as intraoperative electrophysiology “brain mapping” and intraoperative neuronavigation, which help to enhance the safety of treatment.

Reconstruction: Medical Director of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Plastic Surgeon Rola E. Eid, DO, FACOS, FACS, specializes in reconstruction techniques during or following surgery to help improve appearance, reduce scarring or disfigurement, or rebuild or replace removed or injured body parts.

Thoracic surgery: Our thoracic surgery program treats diseases of the chest, including the heart and lungs, and assesses or repairs damage to the lungs caused by cancer, injury or pulmonary disease. CTCA Lung Cancer Institute Thoracic Surgery Director Peter Baik, DO, FACOS, is trained and experienced in minimally invasive thoracic procedures, including laparoscopic, video-assisted thoracic surgery and robotic surgery. In 2015, under Dr. Baik’s leadership, CTCA Tulsa became the first hospital in Oklahoma to be listed by Intuitive Surgical® as an experienced hospital in thoracic robotic surgery.

Meet our surgeons

Peter Baik - Lung Cancer Institute Leader, Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Peter Baik

Thoracic Surgery Director, CTCA Lung Cancer Institute

Rola Eid - Medical Director of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery & Plastic Surgeon

Rola E. Eid

Medical Director of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, CTCA Tulsa

Pierre Greeff - Surgical Oncologist

Pierre Greeff

Surgical Oncologist, CTCA Tulsa

Pragatheeshwar Thirunavukarasu - Surgical Oncologist & Hepatopancreaticobiliary Surgeon

Pragatheeshwar Thirunavukarasu

Surgical Oncologist & Hepatopancreaticobiliary Surgeon, CTCA Tulsa

Michael Thomas - Medical Director of Surgery and Breast Surgery

Michael Thomas

Medical Director of Surgery and Breast Surgery, CTCA Tulsa

David McIntosh - Gynecologic Oncologist

David G. McIntosh

Gynecologic Oncologist, CTCA Tulsa

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