What is Cytoreduction+HIPEC? PDF Print E-mail

Cytoreductive Surgery

  • Cytoreduction is a major operation performed under general anesthesia.
  • Average operative time (including perfusion) is 8-10 hours.
  • After the operation, all patients are admitted to the intensive care unit for 2-5 days.
  • Average hospital stay is 3-4 weeks.


The aim of cytoredcutive surgery is to eliminate all tumor and metastatic tissues from the abdominal cavity, in order to effectively deliver intra-peritoneal heated chemotherapy (HIPEC).

In order to achieve a complete cytoreduction,


Cytoreductive surgery-technique


  • A large longitudinal incision is made in he abdomen.
  • The peritoneum is stripped off the abdominal wall.
  • The abdomen is examined through a small window made in the peritoneum.
  • The abdomen and pelvis are carefully inspected.
  • All visible and palpable tumor deposits are removed.
  • Organs invaded by tumors are resected only if there no other choice.
  • The abdomen and pelvis are being carefully re-examined.