Gynecologic Oncology

Gynecologic Oncology/Pelvic Surgery is a division of Compass Oncology comprised of six gynecologic oncologists/surgeons, one women's health care nurse practitioner and four physician assistants specializing in gynecologic oncology.

Dr. Gosewehr

The primary focus is the diagnosis, treatment and management of female reproductive cancers which include malignancies of the ovaries, uterus, cervix, fallopian tubes, vagina and vulva. Our physicians are experts in gynecologic oncology surgeries, in the administration and management of chemotherapy, and in the indication for radiation therapy for gynecologic cancers.

Our providers also diagnose and treat pre-cancerous genital tract conditions and perform in-office colposcopy, endometrial biopsies, LEEP (Loop Electrocautery Excisional Procedure) procedures and laser surgery.

The Robotic Advantage

The gynecologic oncologists at Compass Oncology have a long history with minimally invasive surgery and are the only physicians in Oregon and southwest Washington who have extensive experience with the revolutionary da Vinci® robotic system to treat gynecologic cancers.  This technology allows for improved dexterity, visualization and control by the surgeon. Incorporating technology developed by NASA for the use of "robotic arms" in space, the da Vinci's robotic micro-instruments translate the precise movements of the surgeon's hands while filtering out even the slightest tremors. High-definition, scaled 3D imaging allows for optimum viewing and manipulation of sensitive nerves and tissues. Because of the additional advantages with robotic surgery, minimally invasive surgery can be performed in women who otherwise might not be candidates for standard laparoscopy.

da Vinci robotic surgery

Potential advantages of da Vinci® robotic surgery:

  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Less pain and scarring
  • Less risk of infection, blood loss and fewer transfusions
  • Faster recovery
  • Quicker return to normal activities