Minimally Invasive Surgery

1 What is a Minimally Invasive Surgery?

This type of surgery used a variety of techniques to operate with less injury to the body than with open surgery is called minimally invasive surgery.

This allows you to recover faster and heal with less scarring and pain, and also safer than open surgery. Mostly this is done on an outpatient basis or you will just have to stay at the hospital for a short period of time.

Laparoscopy is one of the first types of minimally invasive surgery, is done through one or more small cuts and uses small tubes, surgical instruments, and tiny video cameras.

The robotic surgery provides a magnified 3-D view of the surgical site that will give your surgeon the great control, precision, and flexibility. Today, they are still innovating and expanding the list of procedures for minimally invasive surgery.

2 Reasons for Procedure

Here are the most common reasons to undergo a minimally invasive surgery.

Not everyone is a perfect candidate for minimally invasive surgery. Conditions such as weight, age, pre-existing medical conditions and prescriptions must be taken into consideration.

Your surgeon will ask you to have a physical exam and diagnostic tests first to determine if minimally invasive surgery will be the right choice.

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3 Potential Risks

The risks and complications of minimally invasive surgery include:

  • Bleeding
  • Anesthesia or Medication reactions
  • Adhesions
  • Infection
  • Blood vessel injury
  • Internal organ injury
  • Breathing problems
  • Lung or Vein blood clotting
  • Death

4 Preparing for your Procedure

In preparing for your minimally invasive surgery, you must follow your doctor’s orders. 

Depending on what type of minimally invasive procedure you are undergoing, you and your doctor should talk first before the procedure if you will have any restrictions.

You should also discuss the risks and benefits of theta particular procedure.

5 What to Expect

Here you can find out what to expect from your minimally invasive surgery.

There are minimally invasive procedures that involve small incisions through which an endoscope is inserted such as:

  • Laparoscopy
  • Asendoscopy
  • Arthoscopy

Other minimally invasive procedures are

  • hypodermic injection and air pressure injection
  • percutaneous surgery
  • subdermal implants
  • cryosurgery
  • refractive surgery
  • keyhole surgery
  • endovascular surgery using interventional radiology, such as coronary catheterization
  • permanent placement of spinal and brain electrodes
  • angioplasty
  • the Nuss procedure
  • stereotactic surgery
  • radioactivity-based medical imaging methods, such as positron emission tomography
  • gamma camera and SPECT or single photon emission tomography

6 Procedure Results

Understanding the results of your minimally invasive surgery will be made possible by your doctor.

Minimally invasive surgery will have less operative trauma, adverse effects and will also have fewer complications than an equivalent open surgery.

It may be less or more expensive. The operative time is longer but hospitalization stay is shorter.

It caused less scarring and pain, speeds recovery, and reduces the incidence of post-surgical complications such as wound dehiscence or rupture and adhesion.

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