Surgical Procedures

At Yale Surgical Oncology, we understand that the thought of undergoing surgical treatment can be overwhelming. An integral part of our approach is to provide you with the support you need, in part, through detailed answers and by thoroughly explaining your treatment options and what you can expect before, during, and after the surgery. Our innovative methods enable our surgeons to address even the most complex cases of cancerous and non-cancerous conditions.

Minimally Invasive Surgery

Our emphasis is on the most successful surgery with the least pain, scarring, and recovery time. Our highly skilled surgeons are leaders in minimally invasive procedures, performing the latest techniques, and implementing the newest technologies for better outcomes, even for complex cases that would otherwise require traditional, open surgery. 

During minimally invasive surgery, also known as laparoscopic surgery, only a few small incisions are necessary. Surgeons use small video cameras to view the affected area and use special surgical instruments to perform the surgery. Recovery time and postsurgical discomfort are significantly reduced because the incisions are smaller than with open surgery. Surgical wounds tend to heal more quickly and with less scarring. Depending on the type of surgery and overall health, patients experience shorter hospital stays.

Whipple procedure

Our surgeons are experts at performing the Whipple procedure, which is used to treat pancreatic and distal bile duct cancers. The pancreas, which is the largest gland of the endocrine system, is difficult to treat surgically because of its position behind major organs. The Whipple procedure is an innovative approach that allows surgeons to remove the affected part of the pancreas, small intestine, gallbladder, and bile ducts along with surrounding lymph nodes so that many patients with pancreatic cancer can be treated successfully with surgery.

Dr. Ronald Salem and Dr. Charles Cha are among the few surgeons in the region with extensive experience in performing the Whipple procedure. While the Whipple procedure is a complex surgery, minimally invasive techniques allow our patients to recover more quickly and with less postsurgical discomfort and scarring.