Today, advancements in surgical technology have created a new category of minimally invasive surgery which our VMH surgeons are able to offer. Minimally invasive surgery means surgeons can perform major surgery through the smallest of incisions. This offers patients the potential for significantly less pain, a shorter hospital stay, faster return to normal daily activities – as well as the potential for better clinical outcomes.
Although the techniques vary from procedure to procedure and among different surgical subspecialties, all minimally invasive surgical procedures employ video cameras and lens systems to provide anatomic visualization within a region of the body. Using short incisions in the skin, surgeons insert narrow tubes through the abdominal wall so that instruments can be slid through them to perform the maneuvers necessary for the operation. All this is viewed directly on a video monitor that receives its picture from a video camera attached to the laparoscope.