Minimally Invasive Surgery refers to any surgical procedure that is performed through tiny incisions instead of a large opening. Because your surgeon will make smaller incisions, you will likely have a quicker recovery time and less pain than traditional open surgery but with the same benefits as traditional surgery.
• Laparoscopic surgery – Your surgeon uses small, thin instruments and a video camera to enhance the visual field.
• Robotic surgery – Your surgeon places tiny robotic instruments into your body and controls the robot’s movement from a nearby console. The robot is able to access hard-to-reach areas of your body and has greater dexterity than a human.
• Smaller incisions
• Less pain
• Minimal to no scars
• Less blood loss
• Lower rate of complications
• Shorter hospital stay
Not all surgeries can be performed with minimally invasive techniques. For example, removal of cancer tumors is usually accomplished through conventional surgery.
Minimally invasive surgery may also take longer than traditional open surgery. However, the advantages of minimally invasive surgery significantly outweigh disadvantages.
During minimally invasive surgery, your Surgeon will make several small incisions in your skin, typically a few millimeters long.
Your surgeon will then insert an endoscope (a long, thin tube fixed with a camera and light) into one of the incisions.