The last 20 years have seen many improvements in surgical procedures, making them safer and more comfortable for patients. Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) is now the standard for many of the procedures previously done using an open approach. These include robotic, laparoscopic, and endoscopic surgeries.
Minimally invasive procedures only require small incisions. Advanced instruments allow surgeons the freedom to work without opening the abdomen and other areas. These procedures can be made possible by computers, cameras, and other instruments that are capable of precise movements. Lifeline Medical Associates provides the best minimally invasive surgery
The benefits of minimally invasive surgical procedures are numerous.
1. Many Procedures Are Available
You can opt for robotics or minimally invasive procedures to perform many of the same procedures as traditional open techniques. The gynecologic and urologic systems can all be minimally invasive. The following gynecologic procedures can be performed with robotic assistance:
- Removing an ovarian cyst
- Ovarian cancer treatment
- Endometriosis treatment
2. For Smaller Incisions
Minimally invasive surgery has the advantage of requiring very small incisions. Traditional open surgery often requires larger incisions for access to the part of the body being operated on. An example of this is a traditional open-heart surgery that requires a six- to twelve-inch incision.
Laparoscopic and robotic procedures both use small, specialized tools that allow surgeons to access smaller parts of the body through smaller openings. The incisions required for a da Vinci robotic system hysterectomy are less than 1 inch long. This is about the size of a dime. While multiple small incisions may be required, it is preferable to an open procedure with a longer incision. These incisions provide many other benefits to minimally invasive surgeries.
3. Less Scarring
There is less scarring when incisions are smaller. Smaller incisions require fewer stitches, which can often lead to scarring. Although incisions can leave scars, they are usually smaller than those made during open surgery. In most cases, scars disappear within a few months.
4. Accuracy And Risk Are Reduced
Surgeons can see more of the organs they are working on when minimally invasive procedures use special cameras. Advanced instruments are used to perform more complex and delicate tasks. These surgeries are more accurate and produce better results.
When small incisions have been made, blood loss can be reduced, which can cause serious complications. Minimally invasive procedures heal quicker and are less likely than large incisions to get infected.
5. Shorter Hospital Stays
Patients who are undergoing MIS will spend less time in the hospital than those who are undergoing traditional abdominal procedures. Many patients can return home within one night. A shorter hospital stay will allow you to return to your home quickly and at a lower cost. Two to three nights may be required for open or abdominal procedures.
6. There Is Less To Worry About
Minimally invasive patients have less pain and discomfort than those patients who had open surgery. It could be that minimally invasive surgery causes fewer traumas to patients. Some open procedures require that large sections of muscle and tissue be removed. Cameras and smaller instruments are used for minimally invasive procedures, making it unnecessary to cut large sections of tissue. A smaller wound heals faster and causes less pain.
Because MIS can heal faster, post-surgery discomfort and pain may be lessened. This results in a lower need for pain medication.
7. The Recovery Period Is Shorter
MIS is faster than traditional open surgery for healing incisions and trauma. This allows patients to return to their usual activities faster than through traditional surgery. The recovery time for a traditional abdominal surgery can take 6-8 weeks, while minimally invasive hysterectomy only takes 3-4 weeks.