Why Choose Minimally Invasive Surgery?
Less risk. Shorter hospital stay. Less pain. Minimal scarring. Less recovery time.
These are the reasons why so many patients and doctors are choosing minimally invasive procedures over traditional surgery. These procedures offer the highest level of patient care and best possible outcomes.
What Are the Benefits?
- Smaller incisions
- Less post-operative pain
- Decreased use of pain medication
- Shorter hospital stay
UT Medical Center doctors perform minimally invasive procedures such as appendectomy, hernia repair, bronchial thermoplasty, colonoscopy, cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal), nephrectomy (kidney removal) and spinal surgery, including spinal fusion and balloon kyphoplasty.
Open surgery used to be the only option available for treatment when a surgical procedure was needed and, usually, it required a lengthy stay at the hospital. However, patients today can reap the rewards of medical advances with minimally invasive procedures, also referred to as minimally invasive surgery, “keyhole” surgery and, although not the most accurate term, laparoscopic surgery. UT Medical Center surgeons are experts in performing these surgeries that, for the patient, mean less pain, less scarring, reduction in healthcare costs, faster recovery, decreased risk of developing complications after surgery and the opportunity to return to regular daily routines faster.
Minimally invasive procedures have quickly become the method of choice for doctors to see into or remove / repair a part of the patient’s body. This patient-friendly surgical approach uses only small incisions and special techniques involving miniature cameras and microscopes, miniature fiber-optic flashlights and high definition monitors.
If you require surgery, you might be a minimally invasive procedure candidate. Use this resource to learn about minimally invasive procedures, so you can talk to your doctor about your options.
Risks and Complications
As with any surgery, there are risks to be considered with minimally invasive procedures. It is important to talk to your doctor to find out if you are a good candidate for such surgery. Risks and complications include the following.
- Anesthesia or medication reactions
- Internal organ injury
- Blood vessel injury
- Vein or lung blood clotting
- Breathing problems
- Death, although this is rare
If you require surgery, consider minimally invasive surgery. Talk to your doctor about benefits and risks and to find out if you are a candidate for these procedures. Make your appointment today.