Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery
To provide patients with a full range of treatment options, we offer many surgeries that use minimally invasive and robotic techniques. Depending on the patient and condition being treated, these can be an excellent alternative to conventional "open" surgery that typically involves large incisions.
These technologically advanced options require incisions just a few millimeters in length. The small incisions create a passageway for special surgical instruments and a fiber-optic instrument called a laparoscope. The device transmits images from within the body to a video monitor, allowing the surgeon to see the operative area on the screen.
Benefits of minimally invasive robotic surgery include:
- Less pain
- Less risk of infection and complications
- Less bleeding
- Shorter hospital stays
- Faster recovery
- Less risk of bowel obstructions after surgery
- Quicker return to normal activities
- Less trauma to the body
- Less post-operative medication
- Less scarring
Laparoscopic surgery uses a thin, telescopic-like instrument called a laparoscope, which is inserted through a small incision at the belly button. The laparoscope is connected to a tiny video camera that projects a view of the operative site through video monitors located in the Operating Room. The abdomen is inflated with carbon dioxide gas to allow the surgeon a better view of the operative area. Two or three additional small incisions are made near the laparoscope through which the surgeon inserts specialized surgical instruments to perform the surgery. Following the procedure, the small incisions are closed with sutures and covered with surgical tape. After a few months, the incisions are barely visible.