In all these years, advancements in surgical techniques have drastically changed the outlook of surgical interventions for patients. As surgeons get access to the latest technology and advanced training, the ‘Minimally invasive’ approach becomes an umbrella term for any surgery that is less invasive than open surgeries which enclose robotic, endoscopic, and laparoscopic procedures. The implication of minimally invasive surgeries (MIS) allows a person to get operated on in a less harmful way.
Nowadays, the MIS technique has smoothly replaced conventional procedures that were once performed to treat gastrointestinal tract diseases, brain disorders, or orthopedic injuries. If you have been diagnosed with a condition that requires minimally invasive surgery, know that this technique has many benefits. This includes;
Minimally invasive surgical procedures use a small incision to insert camera and surgical equipment to aid the surgeon in performing the operation, unlike in traditional surgeries, where a six to 12-inch incision is required to get easy access, and a wider view of the damaged or injured area.
As this type of surgery requires smaller incisions, it is expected to have fewer stitches that often become the cause of scars. Many times, it only takes a few sutures to close the incisions that give smaller or less noticeable scars.
Small incisions provide faster healing than traditional open surgery techniques. Generally, in minimally invasive surgery, the patient doesn’t need a long hospital stay and returns to work and normal activities quicker. Most patients can leave the hospital the next day or even the same day after the surgery.
Safer surgical alternative
Many surgery techniques now fall under minimally invasive surgery, such as laparoscopy, arthroscopy, gastroscopy, endoscopy, hysteroscopy, sigmoidoscopy, and others. Today, the best results of minimally invasive procedures are seen in orthopedics, where hip and knee replacement, Achilles tendon repair, or discectomy has improved the quality of recovery in patients after surgery. The use of minimally invasive surgery has expanded widely in many surgical specialties, including colon and lung surgeries.
Less Risk of Infection
Earlier the possibility of external contaminants infecting wounds and internal organs lingered on with larger incisions made during the open procedure. With the smaller incisions, this particular risk has significantly reduced as there is less room for exposure to germs. In addition to that, the risk of excessive bleeding, bacterial infection, and other complications is prevented to some extent with the use of smaller surgical incisions.
Minimally invasive procedures allow greater precision in surgical technique offering higher accuracy than open surgery. In some cases, traditional open surgery is still applied to operate on wider or complicated regions of the body. Talk to a surgeon specialising in comprehensive treatment to get you back on your feet, performing the right surgical process for you.
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