Minimally Invasive Surgery
Benefits to Minimally Invasive Surgery
The following Our Lady of the Lady Physician Group clinics are currently using minimally invasive techniques to perform many types of advanced surgeries that just a few years ago would have required large incisions and longer recovery periods.
Compared with conventional surgery, benefits of minimally invasive surgery can include:
- Shorter recovery
- Shorter hospital stay
- Less pain
- Less scarring
Minimally invasive surgery may not be appropriate for all patients. Speak with your doctor to determine if a minimally invasive procedure might be the right approach for you.
How is minimally invasive surgery performed?
Standard surgical procedures are generally performed through incisions large enough for the surgeon to get his hands into the abdomen, although many procedures can be done through minimally invasive surgery / laparoscopic. Not all patients are candidates for these techniques.
Most Common Minimally Invasive Surgery Procedures
General surgical procedures are numerous and are applied in different areas of the body. Here’s a list of the most common surgical procedures:
- Cholecystectomy (gallbladder)
- Debridement of wound, burn or infection
- Hernia repair
- Stomach surgery
- Anti-reflux surgery
- Colon operations
- Releasing of Peritoneal Adhesions
- Upper GI endoscopy (esophagus & stomach)
- Lower GI endoscopy (colon)
- Small intestine surgery
- Colon removal
After Your Procedure
Once the operation is complete, the patient is taken to a recovery room where vital signs, fluid status, dressings and surgical drains are checked. Pain medications are provided and used as required. Breathing exercises are recommended to keep respiratory functions healthy; leg exercises are also encouraged for adequate blood circulation and to help prevent accumulation of blood in the legs and feet. If the surgery does not require the patient to be confined in the hospital, a responsible adult must accompany the patient when going home.
How do patients feel after minimally invasive surgery?
There is usually pain at the incision site and often a sense of general discomfort over the abdomen. Many patients report pain at their shoulder tip, which is due to the indirect effect of small amounts of carbon dioxide remaining in the abdomen. Most patients are fully recovered within 48 to 72 hours.
Minimally Invasive Surgery Video Library
Dr. Hausmann - Advanced Minimally Invasive Surgery for Gallbladder Removal