Dr. John Boggess is one of only a handful of surgeons in the country qualified to perform robotic trachelectomy.

Jacob Crenshaw was born three years after his mother, Crystal, had a trachelectomy.
Dr. John Boggess explains trachelectomy to WRAL’s Dr. Allen Mask

Thanks to an innovative surgery available from the Division of Gynecological Oncology at the UNC Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, ‬a cervical cancer diagnosis no longer means giving up the chance to give birth.

In a two-part series that aired May 20 and 21, WRAL-TV profiled robotic trachelectomy, a breakthrough in treating cervical cancer. Using this technology, a doctor can remove the cancer without the need for a hysterectomy, preserving the possibility for the patient to carry a child in the future.

Dr. John Boggess, also part of UNC Gynecologic Oncology at Rex, is one of only a handful of surgeons across the country who can perform robotic trachelectomy. He has so far treated 30 patients with trachelectomy, all of whom are cancer free and five of whom have had babies.

Part 1: Meet two women who conceived after trachelectomy.
Part 2: How does trachelectomy work?