When compared to traditional surgery, minimally invasive surgery can result in much less pain and a much quicker recovery. Depending on the procedure, patients may leave the hospital the same day, or in just a few days, and return to normal activities more quickly than patients recovering from open surgery.
What happens during a minimally invasive procedure?
During a minimally invasive procedure, a surgeon makes several small incisions, instead of the larger incisions used for traditional “open” surgery. A small camera (usually a laparoscope) is then placed through one of the incisions, and images from the camera are projected onto monitors in the operating room so surgeons can get a clear and magnified view of the surgical area. Specialized surgical tools through the other small incisions are used to perform the procedure.
What are some common minimally invasive procedures?
Minimally invasive surgery is the optimal choice for patients for a significant number of surgical procedures including:
- gallbladder removal (laparoscopic cholecystectomy)
- bariatric or weight-loss surgery
- hernia repair
- colon resection
- anti-reflux surgery (procedures to prevent heartburn)
At Lowell Surgical Associates, almost all surgical procedures are completed using minimally invasive surgical techniques – either Laparoscopic or Robotic.