Minimally Invasive Surgery
Minimally invasive/small incision/Laparoscopic/Robotic Surgery uses sub-centimeter incisions to access the abdomen. A camera is inserted and the abdomen is expanded with carbon dioxide in order to create space in the abdomen for operating. The surgery is performed using either Robotic arms or Laparoscopic instruments. At the end of the procedure the carbon dioxide is removed and the small incisions are sewn closed.
Benefits of Laparoscopic/Robotic Surgery:
- Smaller incisions
- Better Visualization of structures
- Less pain with decreased narcotic needs
- Decreased scarring
- Decreased risk of wound complications including infection
- Decreased risk of hernia
- Shorter hospital stay
- Faster recovery
Cons of Laparoscopic Surgery:
Some patients may not be candidates if they have a history of multiple operations or severe medical conditions, however this is rare.