What is Minimally Invasive Surgery?

Now-a-days we encounter many hospital ads mentioning “Minimally Invasive” treatments. SMILES would like to educate all the patients about what is minimally invasive treatment and its benefits

What is Minimally Invasive Surgery?

Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) allows the surgeon to use techniques that limit the size and number of incisions(cuts), that they need to make. This kind of surgery is usually performed by inserting specially designed, thin instruments and sophisticated video equipment to perform the surgery through the smaller opening.

MIS includes both laparoscopy (surgery through small holes) and endoscopy (diagnostic and therapeutic procedures through existing openings).

Why opt for Minimally Invasive Surgery?

In traditional (open) surgeries, a surgeon makes a large incision (cuts) in order to operate. But with minimally invasive surgery, the surgeon makes only a few small holes usually less than half an inch on the body.

MIS is typically considered as safer than open surgery.

Minimally Invasive surgery offers many benefits compared to traditional surgery techniques.

Benefits of Minimally Invasive Surgery?

Minimally invasive surgery offers several benefits such as smaller incisions, faster recovery times, reduced pain, and scarring. In many cases, MIS  also offers a higher accuracy rate compared to traditional open surgery.

  1. Smaller Incisions: One of the most significant benefits of minimally invasive surgery is the size of the incisions or cuts. Unlike traditional open surgery, which often uses large incisions, minimally invasive surgery (MIS) relies on tiny incisions only large enough for the insertion of thin tubes, cameras, fiber-optic lights,  and other small surgical tools.
  2. Less pain: Minimally invasive surgical procedures cause less post-operative pain and discomfort and require smaller doses of pain relievers than patients undergoing traditional surgeries.
  3. Shorter Hospital Stay : Patients who undergo Minimally Invasive Surgery are usually able to go home and return to normal activities sooner.
  4. Less Scarring : Minimally Invasive Surgery requires only smaller incisions, that means less noticeable scars. Due to smaller incisions, only a few stitches will be required to close the incisions.
  5. Faster Recovery : The size of incisions also enables you to heal faster than traditional open surgeries, allowing you to get back to your normal daily life as quickly as possible.
  6. Increased Accuracy : Minimally Invasive Surgery also offers a high accuracy rate compared to traditional surgeries. Accuracy is high because MIS procedures use cameras and video-assisted equipment to have a better visualization of internal organs.
  7. Less trauma to organs and less effect on the immune system.

Minimally invasive surgeries are becoming more common than traditional open surgeries. Robotic and endoscopic technology is quickly advancing, too,  so that these surgeries safer for you.

At SMILES International Institute of Gastroenterology, all our surgical procedures are Minimally Invasive. Our certified surgeons has performed innumerable number of successful minimally invasive surgeries.