St. Francis was the first in Greenville to offer da Vinci Robotic Assisted surgeries. Robot-assisted surgeries offer the surgeon unmatched visualization of anatomy, along with enhanced precision and control of surgical instruments. At St. Francis, the da Vinci Surgery System can be used for surgeries that treat colon cancer, gynecologic cancer, prostate cancer, lung cancer, among other less common cancers.
This novel treatment – Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy – is used for patients with cancer that has spread to the lining of the abdominal cavity, which can be seen with colorectal, gastric, appendiceal, ovarian cancers, among others. These cancers can prove difficult to treat with conventional chemotherapy delivered through the veins because the drugs do not get to high enough concentrations in the abdominal cavity where the cancer cells are located.
HIPEC offers the surgeon the advantage of both removing the cancer he or she sees during the operation and killing the microscopic cells you can’t see without the aid of a microscope with chemotherapy applied directly into the abdominal cavity. During the procedure, the surgeon removes all visible tumors, then circulates a heated chemotherapy solution through the abdomen. Bon Secours Medical Group surgeon Dr. Bing Yi is the only surgeon in South Carolina currently performing this treatment