One of the great advances in medical technology is minimally invasive surgery. If you’re able to have this type of procedure, you may be able to go home the same day you have surgery depending on your individual needs. You can likely go back to work within one to two weeks, so it’s a great option for people with busy lives who don’t have time for long recoveries.
Most minimally invasive procedures use an endoscope: a long, flexible tube with a camera and light attached. It’s inserted into the body through a small incision or through a natural opening like the mouth or nose. The image is sent to a screen that the surgeon watches during a diagnostic test. With endoscopic surgery, the surgeon makes other small incisions to insert whatever tools are necessary for the procedure.
Laparoscopic surgery also uses small incisions and long pencil-like instruments to perform operations with a camera for procedures like hernia repair, gastric bypass, bowel resection and even organ removal.
Along with expert, compassionate care, Mercy Health is proud to offer minimally invasive surgery on nearly all of our procedures. We want to get you back to work – and back to your life – faster.
Minimally Invasive Surgeries We Offer
- Oncology (cancer)
- Cardiothoracic (heart and lungs)
Advantages of Minimally Invasive Surgery
- Less blood loss
- Lower risk of infection
- Shorter hospital stay
- Quicker recovery time
- Minimal scarring
- Better results