Minimally Invasive Surgery
During a minimally invasive procedure, surgeons make several small incisions in the skin — just a few millimeters, in some cases. A long, thin tube with a miniature camera attached at the end (called an endoscope) is passed through one of the incisions.
Images from the endoscope are projected onto monitors in the operating room so surgeons can get a clear (and magnified) view of the surgical area. Special instruments are passed through the other openings. These instruments allow the surgeon to perform
the surgery by exploring, removing, or repairing whatever's wrong inside the body.
Among the advantages to having a minimally invasive surgical procedure are:
- reduced scarring,
- reduced trauma to the body cavity,
- less blood loss,
- reduced chance of postoperative complications,
- reduced pain and
- depending on your condition, a shorter hospital stay and significantly faster recovery time.