|Minimally Invasive Surgery|
It used to be that surgery meant a lengthy hospital stay, a large and painful incision – resulting in a sizable scar – and weeks of rest and recuperation. Today, thanks to advances in technology and specialized training, doctors at Mercy Hospital can perform a wide variety of surgeries using minimally invasive techniques. These surgeries are often less risky for patients and result in less pain and scarring. Most important, people can usually return to their regular routines in a matter of days.
Mercy has long been a leader in minimally invasive techniques and continues to pioneer alternative, less-invasive surgical procedures. In fact, at Mercy, doctors always consider the minimally invasive approach first. This philosophy sets Mercy apart from other area institutions and translates to the best possible care for you and your loved ones.
In minimally invasive surgery, doctors make several tiny incisions (often as small as half a centimeter), rather than one long incision across the abdomen, knee, or whatever part of the body is being operated on. Doctors then insert special tools and a miniature video camera, called a scope, that transmits pictures to a nearby monitor to help them see inside the body and perform the surgery.
Because the incisions, or ports, require only a stitch or two to close, and there is less cutting of skin, tissue and muscle, recoveries are much faster and there is less risk of complications or infection.
Minimally invasive procedures are identical to their traditional, or “open” counterparts; they’re just completed through much smaller openings and with much smaller tools. Patients achieve the same end result with far fewer side effects and complications.
Not everyone, however, is a good candidate for minimally invasive surgery. People who have undergone many previous surgeries, for example, sometimes have a lot of scar tissue in and around the joints and organs. And that can make it difficult for surgeons to access the area that needs to be operated on.
At Mercy, there is an entire department dedicated just to minimally invasive surgery, where doctors with advanced training concentrate on minimally invasive procedures. Creating an entire department, as opposed to offering a few procedures here and there, is a sign of the hospital’s commitment to the minimally invasive approach. What’s more, Mercy surgeons operate with some of the most sophisticated tools and equipment in the area.
Doctors can now operate on almost every organ in the body with minimally invasive surgery. At Mercy Hospital, surgeons use minimally invasive techniques to repair and replace joints, examine, dissect or remove diseased and damaged organs, and even repair and transplant delicate arteries.
Some of the minimally invasive procedures performed at Mercy include: