The cause of tumors is virtually unknown, but while there are different types of tumors, basically they are abnormal growths caused by uncontrolled cell division. Some theories suggest genetics play a part, others think trauma could be involved. Whatever the cause, the fact remains that the thought of having a tumor can be frightening. Sometimes a tumor can be quite serious and even life-threatening, especially if malignant or cancerous; however, many tumors are benign or non-cancerous. Usually a sample of the affected tissue or sometimes even the whole tumor has to be studied under a microscope (biopsied) to determine if it is benign or malignant.
Benign tumors grow only in one place. They cannot spread or invade other parts of your body. Even so, they can be dangerous if they press on vital organs, such as your brain. Treatment often involves surgical removal because these tumors may be causing pain or affecting functionality of the organs involved.
Of course all cases are unique, but whenever possible, Dr. Johnson recommends less invasive robotic surgery for tumor removal. These surgeries have substantial benefits such as:
- Faster recovery
- Less pain
- Smaller incisions
- Quicker return to normal activities
- Shorter hospital stay
- Decreased risk of infection
- Less blood loss
Robotic assisted surgery provides Dr. Johnson with a groundbreaking alternative to both traditional open surgery and conventional laparoscopy. It enables him to perform even the most complex and delicate procedures through very small incisions with unmatched precision.
All surgeries have risks associated with them, but using minimally-invasive robotic surgery reduces many of the complications seen in open and even laparoscopic procedures.
If you’ve been diagnosed with a tumor, whether benign or malignant, or you have symptoms often associated with tumors, contact Dr. Johnson for a consultation.
Read about symptoms and treatments of tumors here: http://www.medicinenet.com/tumor_grade/article.htm