Ask the Doctors: Less Pain, Quicker Recovery
Minimally invasive procedures are enabling surgeons to reach ever-higher goals of patient care, comfort and efficiency. Surgeons Stelios Rekkas, MD of Manatee Memorial Hospital and Daniel Lamar, Jr., MD of Lakewood Ranch Medical Center discuss the latest minimally invasive procedures.
Q: What is minimally invasive surgery?
Minimally invasive surgery uses advanced technology to achieve optimal results with as little damage to human tissue as possible. Because these procedures are performed through tiny incisions instead of one large opening, patients usually have less postoperative pain, fewer and smaller scars, and a faster recovery than they would after open surgery.
Q: Which procedure can be performed this way?
Minimally invasive techniques are utilized in several specialties, including cardiology, gastroenterology, neurology, OB/GYN and orthopedics. At the Manatee Healthcare System hospitals, we’re performing minimally invasive robotic-assisted surgery, pediatric spine surgery and single port laparoscopic surgery with outstanding results. Manatee Memorial is the first hospital in the area to offer single port gallbladder surgery, where the entire gallbladder can be removed through one small incision in the navel.
Q: Will minimally invasive procedures replace conventional open surgery?
While minimally invasive surgery is becoming more common, not all procedures can, or should, be done through minimally invasive methods. The removal of cancer tumors, for example, is often best performed through open surgery. Also, minimally invasive surgery may not be suitable for all patients. Your doctor will tell you what type of procedure is best for you.
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