From the Director of the Minimally Invasive Surgery,
Daniel J. Ricchiuti, MD
Minimally invasive surgery includes laparoscopic and thoracoscopic procedures that encompass gastrointestinal problems, such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and disorders of the thoracic cavity.
In general, minimally invasive surgery uses an endoscope, a long, flexible tube with a camera and light attached. It is inserted into the body through a small incision. The image is sent to a screen that the surgeon watches during the operation. The surgeon also makes other small incisions to insert whatever tools are necessary to do the procedure. The number and size of the incisions depend on the operation. With some simple procedures, such as diagnostic tests, the endoscope is used only to look around and a very small incision, 1/3 of an inch, is made.
All surgical services perform minimally invasive surgery, including general surgery, orthopedic, plastic, neurosurgery, cardiothoracic, vascular, and urology.
All surgeons may admit, evaluate, diagnose, consult, and provide preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative surgical care and correct or treat various condition, illnesses, and injuries of the surgical anatomy. The minimum number of procedures must be performed in a 2-year period to comply with appointment and reappointment criteria.