Alberta Health Services says a high-tech, less invasive surgical tool to treat gynecologic cancers is helping more patients than ever before.

More than 50 gynecologic surgeries have been performed in Edmonton during the first 11 months of 2010 using the robotic-assisted da Vinci System, surpassing the 31 total procedures performed in 2009.

AHS says in a news release that the annual number of robotic-assisted gynecologic surgeries should continue to rise as local oncologists make more use of the surgical tool.

On the Canadian prairies, only Edmonton’s Royal Alexandra Hospital offers the treatment option.