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7 Benefits of Minimally Invasive Surgery

Doctor performing surgery

What are the benefits of minimally invasive surgery?

  1. There Is a Wide Variety of Procedures
  2. Smaller Incisions 
  3. Less Scarring
  4. Less Pain
  5. Shorter Hospital Stay
  6. Lower Risks
  7. Quicker Recovery Period 

Minimally invasive surgery has become the standard choice for many procedures. It involves the insertion of an endoscope — a long, flexible tube with a light source and camera to make small yet precise incisions on the skin. Fortunately, because of developments in technology, you can reap the benefits of minimally invasive surgery. To gain access to only the best healthcare option, read on to discover its benefits and capabilities, and what differentiates it from other surgeries. 

There Is A Wide Variety Of Procedures

Numerous procedures can be done using minimally invasive surgery instead of traditional open surgeries. It can be done on the digestive system, urinary system, kidneys, lungs, skeletal, muscle, and gynecologic system. Here are some of the procedures: 

  • Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy – removal of the gallbladder and the treatment of gallstones
  • Laparoscopic Appendectomy – removal of the infected or inflamed appendix (appendicitis)
  • Laparoscopic Herniorrhaphy – treatment for inguinal hernia
  • Laparoscopic Colectomy – treatment for colon cancer
  • Ureterolithotomy – removal of stone from the ureter
  • Cystectomy – performed to treat bladder cancer
  • Living Donor Nephrectomy – removal of a kidney from a live, healthy donor for transplantation to a patient
  • Laparoscopic Myomectomy – removal of uterine fibroids (myoma)
  • Oophorectomy / Oophorocystectomy – performed on the fallopian tubes, which connect the ovary to the uterus, for sterilization (tubal ligation), to treat ectopic pregnancy, to remove cysts, and to re-open blockages in the fallopian tubes
  • Arthroscopy – performed to diagnose and treat joint disease or injury. This also includes treatment for meniscus, cartilage, ligament, and tendon injury usually due to degeneration and trauma.
  • Colonoscopy – diagnostic or therapeutic procedure for colon diseases (colon cancer, polyps, lower GI bleeding)

Small Incisions

Ongoing surgery on a patient

Minimally invasive surgery requires only small incisions. The incisions can measure approximately ½ inch to 1-inch. On the contrary, traditional open surgeries usually require larger incisions to access certain body parts. Sometimes, it can measure six to twelve inches. 

Less Scarring

Due to smaller incisions, there is less scarring. Small incisions only need a few stitches that are the cause of scars. If it so happens that the incisions do leave scars, their small size is far less noticeable. Oftentimes, the scars fade and are almost invisible in about a few months. 

Less Pain

Patient lying down

Patients who go through minimally invasive surgery experience less pain than those who have had traditional open surgery. This might be partly because there is less trauma made to the body during the procedure. 

Furthermore, the endoscope used in the procedure makes cutting large sections of tissue unnecessary. Therefore, smaller incisions and less trauma cause less pain. Minimally invasive surgery is also associated with faster healing. Therefore, the duration of post-surgery pain may also be shorter. 

Shorter Hospital Stay

Patients require shorter hospital stays. Most patients can be ordered to go home after staying for a night at the hospital. If you choose to go through minimally invasive surgery, you not only will be able to enjoy the comfort of your home faster, but you also get to reap the benefit of fewer hospital expenses. On the other hand, traditional open surgeries may require patients to stay for a few weeks or months. 

Lower Risks

Patient undergoing minimally invasive surgery

Minimally invasive surgery utilizes an endoscope that allows the surgeon to have a better view of the organs involved. Advanced instruments help create extremely precise cuts. Regarding risks, blood loss can be a serious complication during surgeries. This is minimized when smaller incisions are made. Furthermore, there are fewer chances that the wound will become infected compared to larger incisions.

Quicker Recovery Period

One of the most attractive benefits of minimally invasive surgery is the quicker recovery period. Since the incisions and trauma heal quickly, patients can return to their normal activities than with traditional open surgery. 

Key Takeaway

This article rounded up the benefits of minimally invasive surgery. If you are on the lookout for hospitals that offer the procedure, visit the Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery’s team of Perpetual Help Medical Center – Las Pinas.

The highly-trained specialists from different medical and surgical disciplines, supported by seasoned anesthesiologists and specially-trained nurses, perform a broad range of minimally invasive surgical procedures. Moreover, Karl Storz endoscopes, xenon light source, and high-flow insufflators are used for a more efficient procedure. 

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