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Minimally Invasive Surgery

As technology gets better, minimally invasive or laparoscopic surgeries are becoming more common. Our surgeons offer minimally invasive options for several surgeries they perform.

Minimally invasive surgeries are performed through small incisions using specialized instruments rather than through a large incision—like in open surgeries. The surgeon uses a large television screen to get a magnified view during the surgery.

Benefits of minimally invasive surgery

Because the surgeries are less invasive, they offer many benefits for patients including:

  • Less pain
  • Less recovery time
  • Less time away from work and other activities

When is minimally invasive surgery used?

While there are many advantages to minimally invasive surgery, it is not the right choice for everyone. Your surgeon will discuss your options and the right choice for you.

Removal of the gallbladder and appendix are common minimally invasive surgeries. In fact, laparoscopic gallbladder surgery is the new standard. Minimally invasive procedures are also available for:

  • Heart bypass
  • Bariatric
  • Hernia surgeries
  • Anti-reflux (to fix heartburn/gastroesophageal reflux disease)
  • Removal of the spleen
  • Colon and small bowel surgeries
  • Gynecological surgeries
  • Hysterectomy

Minimally invasive surgery may be used for just part of a surgery, and the last part may be "open" with a larger incision.

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