Minimally Invasive Surgery

Minimally Invasive Surgery is the approach to surgical problems using techniques designed to produce the least amount of surgical trauma to the patient. This approach produces the same surgical benefits as traditional operations, but with much smaller incisions. The result is less pain, less blood loss, shorter hospital stay, faster recovery and return to normal activity, and a better cosmetic result. Minimally invasive surgery has been made possible by the advancement of surgical skills and technology. Typically, in a minimally invasive operation, very small incisions are made, through which a video camera and instruments are introduced into the body. The surgeon is provided an excellent view of the operative field on a video screen, and therefore, is able to address the surgical problem using the appropriate instruments and skills. Almost all surgical problems can be approached using minimally invasive techniques, including diseases of the esophagus, diaphragm, stomach, small intestine, colon and rectum, gallbladder and biliary tract, spleen, adrenal glands and hernias. The effect of minimally invasive surgery has been the improvement of every facet of the patient’s surgical experience.

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