What is Minimally Invasive Surgery?

Minimally invasive surgery is a technique that reduces he trauma associated with surgical procedures. Patients who choose minimally invasive surgery recover faster and frequently experience:

  • Less pain
  • Less scarring
  • Shorter recovery

Minimally invasive surgery usually involves making tine incisions, sometimes no more than a quarter-inch in length. This results in less trauma to the body versus an open incision. Through these incisions, ports are inserted allowing the surgeon to introduce instrumentation into the body cavity. One of these incisions is used for a tiny camera so the surgeon and staff can view the operation from a flat panel monitor.

Patient Benefits of Minimally Invasive Surgery:

There are many benefits to choosing minimally invasive surgery over traditional surgery. The method of choice for surgeons and patients has shifted from traditional “open surgery” to less invasive means. The good news for patients, surgeons and facilities as it often means:

  • Less pain after surgery
  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Lower risk of infection
  • Quicker return to normal activities
  • Less scarring
  • Reduced costs for patients

Because minimally invasive surgery usually requires only tiny incisions, patients are generally able to return to work and get back to their normal daily activities much faster after having a minimally invasive operation versus an open or traditional surgery.