Imagine surgery performed with only a small incision for less pain, less blood loss, less risk of infection, less scarring, quicker recovery and fewer complications.
Often referred to as robotic, endoscopic or laparoscopic surgery, minimally invasive surgical tools and techniques are transforming today's operating suites, allowing surgeons to perform a wide range of surgeries, procedures and treatments through tiny incisions of 1-2 cm requiring only a stitch or two to close, versus larger incisions required by traditional open surgery.
People who undergo minimally invasive surgery typically have much shorter hospital stays and recovery periods – and return to normal activities faster than ever imagined 20 years ago.
More than you can imagine? Not when you consider the growing number of non- and minimally-invasive procedures, treatments and surgery options available today. The list below is not all-inclusive, so if you are having surgery and are interested in learning more about minimally invasive options, please ask your doctor about what type of surgery is right for you.
a test that uses a tube with a light and a camera lens at the end (laparoscope) to examine organs and check for abnormalities. Laparoscopy is often used during surgery to look inside the body and avoid making large incisions. Tissue samples may also be taken for examination and testing.
a test that uses a small, flexible tube with a light and a camera lens at the end (endoscope) to examine the inside of the hollow organs of the digestive tract. Tissue samples from inside the digestive tract may also be taken for examination and testing.
with the use of an endoscope, surgeons can look at the interior of a joint. This technique is most often used to inspect the inside of the knee joint.
the examination of the bronchi (the main airways of the lungs) using a flexible tube (bronchoscope). Bronchoscopy helps to evaluate and diagnose lung problems, assess blockages, obtain samples of tissue and/or fluid, and/or to help remove a foreign body.
inserting a viewing tube up the urethra to examine the urethra and bladder cavity.
examining the lining of the esophagus, stomach, and the first part of the small intestine with a long viewing tube.
a visual inspection of the cervical canal and uterine cavity with an endoscope.
inspecting the larynx (voice box) with a mirror or viewing tube.
examination of the rectum and sigmoid colon with a viewing tube