Minimally Invasive Surgery

What is minimally invasive surgery?

This surgery involves making 2-3 smaller incisions approximately 0.5cm in length and one slightly larger incision (4-5cm). Several types of minimally invasive surgery exist:

  • Laparoscopic assisted surgery - This surgery involves the use of small ports that are inserted through the abdominal wall. Fine instruments are passed through a channel in these ports to perform the surgery.
  • Robotically assisted surgery - This type of surgery is most commonly performed for tumors located in the sigmoid or rectum. This involves the use of surgeon-guided, robotic arms that help perform precise dissection with enhanced visualization.

What are the benefits of minimally invasive surgery?

  • Smaller incisions
  • Less post-operative pain
  • Decreased use of pain medication
  • Shorter hospital stay


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