The Benefits of Minimally Invasive Surgery

August 22, 2012

Minimally invasive is undoubtedly the present and future gold standard of surgical technique. Almost every surgery performed is less invasive than it was twenty, even ten years ago. Complex surgeries have now become routine and the complication and mortality rates for most procedures have steadily declined.

Minimally invasive surgery differs from traditional open surgery primarily in the way the surgical field is accessed. Rather than cutting a large 5-8 inch incision, which for example in abdominal surgery cuts right through the abdominal muscle, just a few tiny ½ to 1 inch incisions are needed.

These small incisions allow long-handled surgical tools including a laparoscope or high definition camera to pass though, offering the surgeon a view of the area via a screen mounted above the operating table. The visibility and dexterity that the surgeon retains is impressive and more than acceptable for most applications.

Some of the major benefits of minimally invasive surgery include:

  • Reduced risk of overall complications
  • Reduced risk of infection
  • Less recovery time
  • Less pain
  • Less visible scarring
  • Reduced chance of an incisional hernia

There are certain risks and considerations of minimally invasive surgery and not every candidate is suited to a minimally invasive procedure. For a full rundown of minimally invasive surgery benefits and risks, please schedule a consultation with us to learn more.

You can also visit our page on minimally invasive surgery, which will offer additional information on the procedures we are able to perform laparoscopically.

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