Confidence and Peace of Mind
Leading surgeons throughout the world use Vector Surgical devices to achieve the best
possible outcomes in cancer surgery.
When your surgeon removes cancerous tissue, it is carefully analyzed to estimate if any cancer cells remain in your body. Surgeons use the Vector Surgical devices to help you remain cancer free following surgery, to lower the likelihood of a second surgery, and to obtain the best possible cosmetic outcome for you.
The Goal of Surgery
The goal of cancer surgery is to remove the cancer from your body. Using the Vector Surgical tissue orientation system, tissue is clearly marked by the surgeon for pathology analysis.
What is a “margin”?
The margin is the edge or border of the tissue removed during surgery The margin is “clear” when no cancer cells are found at the edge of tissue. When cancer cells are found at the edge of the tissue, it suggests that not all cancer was removed during surgery. In this case, a second surgery may be recommended.
Why is the tissue marked by the surgeon?
The surgeon marks the tissue to show the pathologist how it was originally positioned in your body. This way, if the margins are not “clear”, the surgeon knows the location in which to remove additional tissue.
What is the problem with old methods of marking tissue?
Old methods of marking tissue, often using suture, are unclear and incomplete. These methods may lead to questions regarding whether the margins are clear, and if not, where exactly to remove more tissue from your body. Old methods are twice as likely to involve a second surgery and may require removing more tissue from your body.
How does the Vector Surgical System help?
The Vector Surgical System helps your surgeon increase the likelihood that you will be cancer free, reduce the likelihood of a second surgery, and optimize the cosmetic outcome for you.
What can I ask my doctor to learn more?
Hear are some questions that may be helpful to discuss with your surgeon:
- How often is a second surgery needed to remove all the cancer?
- What steps are taken to ensure all the cancer is removed? Is an X-ray taken during surgery?
- How is the healthy tissue near the cancer conserved?
- What is done to achieve the best cosmetic outcomes?
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