Minimally Invasive Surgery
Minimally invasive surgery, also known as laparoscopic or keyhole surgery is an approach which allows surgeons to perform general and specialty surgical procedures with small incisions. A few ¼ to ½ inch incisions allow for the insertion of a camera and instruments into the body to perform the operation. The camera projects the image of the surgical field onto a screen in front of the surgeon. The advantages of minimally invasive surgery include less pain after surgery, faster recovery, small scars and a smaller risk of wound infection. When the operation involves the small or large intestines themselves, less time is needed until they start to work again when compared to conventional surgery.
Lastly, the minimally invasive approach allows the surgeon to see better than in a conventional operation.