UCHealth Southern Colorado Gynecologic Oncology Clinic

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Gina Dasso, NP
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Gynecologic Oncology

Candice Comer, PA
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Gynecologic Oncology

Dirk P Pikaart, DO
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Gynecologic Oncology

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When faced with the possibility of a pre-cancerous or cancerous gynecological condition, it is important to have access to a gynecologic oncologist who understands the complexities of what you are experiencing. At UCHealth Southern Colorado Gynecologic Oncology Clinic, our highly specialized and caring team of providers are here for you.

Providing hope – and giving second chances

At our clinic we provide you with a continuity of care tailored to your specific condition and circumstances. You’ll find leading-edge treatment for all gynecologic cancers and pre-cancerous conditions administered by a board-certified gynecologic oncologist who is passionate about helping you to defeat your illness. Our unique, collaborative approach puts you in control of your medical care.

Treating the whole patient, not just the disease

Our team of compassionate, qualified medical professionals will help to make a difficult time less stressful with patient care and treatment that is honest, highly skilled, confident and genuinely caring.

Our services

Various cancer treatments come with different risks and benefits. It’s important to us that you have a clear understanding of the facts regarding your cancer before making important decisions about treatment.

We understand how important it is that you make your own choices and have control and involvement in your own care. We know that you will have certain concerns and questions, and we will take the time to address these concerns and answer questions you and your family might have.

Our gynecologic oncology services include:

  • Cancer treatment, with or without surgery
    • Cervical
    • Ovarian
    • Uterine
    • Vaginal
    • Vulvar
  • Chemotherapy treatments
  • Complicated gynecologic surgery and high-risk patients
  • Counseling
  • Follow-up care
  • Genetic screening, testing, and counseling
  • Minimally-invasive robotic surgeries
  • Open abdominal and pelvic surgeries
  • Radiation treatments

Our goal is to provide specialized, compassionate care to patients with gynecological cancers. Schedule an appointment with us today to discuss your treatment options and for answers to all of your questions and concerns.

Procedures we perform

All surgical procedures involve some degree of risk, such as infection, excessive bleeding or hemorrhage, blood clots and reactions to anaesthesia.

Your doctor will discuss with you the risks and benefits associated with any procedure we perform. During this discussion, please bring up any concerns or questions you may have.

  • Bilateral Salpingo-oophorectomy
  • Bowel surgery
  • Cancer staging
  • Exploratory laparoscopy
  • Exploratory laparotomy
  • Hysterectomy – partial and total
  • Lymphadenectomy
  • Ovarian cancer surgery
  • Pelvic exenteration
  • Port placement surgery
  • Reconstructive surgery
  • Vaginal surgery, including vaginectomy
  • Vulvar surgery, including vulvectomy

Surgical approaches

During a surgical procedure performed as part of a cancer treatment plan, the choice of incision made by your doctor will depend on a number of factors. Consideration must be given to your individual circumstances, the purpose of the surgical procedure and your gynecologic oncologist’s personal preferences.

Laparoscopic surgery

Laparoscopic surgery is known as a minimally invasive surgical technique.

In laparoscopic surgery, your doctor makes a small, half-inch incision on your abdomen. He or she inserts a laparoscope, which is a small camera, through the tube. The laparoscope contains a light source and also magnifies your internal structures. Using a laparoscope allows your doctor to see the structures of your body on a television monitor in real time, which permits a much greater scope of examination.

The minimally-invasive nature of the procedure means smaller incisions and less pain and discomfort during recovery.

Pfannenstiel incision

The Pfannenstiel incision, also known as the “bikini line” incision, is most commonly used in pregnancy, during the performance of a Cesarean section. However, in some cases it can be used in gynecologic oncology procedures such as the diagnostic laparotomy.

In this approach, a slightly curved horizontal incision is made just above the pubic symphysis, which is the area where your pubic bones are joined.

The main advantage of a Pfannenstiel incision is the minimum scarring that is usually associated it. Any scar that may form is normally hidden either within an abdominal fold, or is covered by pubic hair

In addition to cosmetic and aesthetic benefits, there is usually minimal post-operative pain, and the healing period is often shorter.

Da Vinci robotic surgery

As in laparoscopic surgery, in da Vinci surgery an incision is made on your abdomen through which your doctor can then examine the surfaces and structures of your internal organs.

Doctors trained in da Vinci surgery use a specialized 3D high-definition vision system and tiny wristed instruments. These wristed instruments have the ability to bend and rotate far more than the human wrist.

The da Vinci system transforms normal hand movements into the much smaller and precise movements of these tiny wristed instruments. This enables your doctor to operate with enhanced precision, dexterity and control, while the 3D vision system provides enhanced visual capabilities.

Laser surgery

Gynecologic laser surgery is used in the treatment of women’s cancers. In this procedure, lasers are used instead of regular surgical blades or scalpels.

Laser surgery has become particularly useful because lasers are extremely powerful and also very precise, making them ideal for doing detailed surgical work requiring great care and control.

While laser surgery can be used alone, it is often combined with other gynecologic oncology treatments, such as surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.

Insurance

Our office participates with many different insurance companies. Because insurance plans, policies and laws often change, please contact your insurance company to see if we are a contracted provider. >> Find insurance and billing information

Please notify us if there is an insurance plan change, coverage change or insurance loss so we can properly bill your claims in a timely manner.

Billing

Questions about your bill? Please visit the UCHealth bill pay site.

Medical library information

UCHealth offers an extensive health library, including information specific to gynecologic oncology.

Gynecological cancers