What is Minimally Invasive Surgery? - Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery
The method of choice for many surgical procedures has shifted from traditional "open surgery" to less invasive means. The good news for patients is that it often means:
- Less pain after surgery
- Shorter hospital stays
- Lower risk of infection
- Quicker return to normal activities
- Less scarring
- Reduced costs for patients
Minimally invasive surgery usually involves making tiny incisions, sometimes no more than a quarter-inch in legnth. This results in less trauma to the body versus an open incision. Through these incisions, ports are inserted allowing the surgeon to introduce instrumentation into the body cavity. One of these incisions is used for a tiny camera so the surgeon and staff can view the operation from a flat panel monitor.
Because minimally invasive surgery usually requires only tiny incisions, patients are generally able to return to work and get back to their normal daily activities much faster after having a minimally invasive operation versus an open, or traditional surgery.