Minimally Invasive Surgery

What is Minimally Invasive Surgery

Minimally Invasive Surgery is standard surgical procedures performed without the use of large incisions to enter the body. Instead, access to the internal organs is gained through small holes. Plastic tubes called 'ports' keep these holes open.

Long, thin, instruments are placed through the ports to perform the surgery. A small, lighted 'telescope' is placed through one of the ports to allow the surgeon to see inside while he is working.

The telescope used in the abdomen is called a Laparoscope, and the one used in the chest is called a Thoracoscope.

Together, Laparoscopy and Thoracoscopy provide many new, less invasive ways to treat patients.

What are the Benefits of Minimally Invasive Surgery

The standard incisions used for surgery cause a significant amount of injury to the body wall. Cutting through the subcutaneous muscle and fascia layers of the body wall damages these structures and can lead to infection, bleeding, and herniation.

In addition to leaving an unsightly scar, large incisions cause substantial pain which can limit a patient's mobility following surgery and impair pulmonary function.

Minimally Invasive Surgery uses only small incisions which are typically between 1/4 and 1/2 inch. These very small holes cause much less injury than do standard surgical incisions, thus reducing post-operative problems.

The result is that the patient experiences less pain, smaller scars, and a quicker return to eating and activity.