Minimally Invasive Surgery

Minimally invasive surgery refers to performing surgery with the use of instruments through tiny incisions. When compared to traditional open surgery, recovery is much faster, with less wound infections and decreased post-operative pain. Patients who choose minimally invasive surgery over conventional surgery usually are able to return to their daily routine and the important things in life much faster.

How minimally invasive surgery works

Minimally invasive procedures, which include laparoscopic, endoscopic and robotic surgery, use state-of-the-art technology to perform surgical procedures through tiny incisions as opposed to one large incision. For example, in most procedures, a surgeon makes several small ½ cm incisions and inserts thin tubes called trocars. Carbon dioxide gas is used to inflate the area, creating a space between the internal organs and the skin. Then a miniature camera (usually a laparoscope or endoscope) is placed through one of the trocars so the surgical team can view the procedure as a magnified image on large HD video monitors in the operating room. Specialized instruments are placed through the other trocars to perform the procedures. In some cases, such as minimally invasive colon surgery, a slightly larger incision may be needed.
There are some advanced minimally invasive surgical procedures that can be performed almost exclusively through a single point of entry – meaning only one small incision. This is called Single Site Laparoscopy, and is another approach to performing traditional laparoscopic surgery using the same tools.

Are you a candidate for a minimally invasive procedure?

These kinds of procedures are not for everyone and only your surgeon can determine if minimally invasive surgery is right for you. These procedures have been proven to be as effective as those of conventional surgery.

Benefits of minimally invasive proceduresNot only do these procedures usually provide equivalent outcomes to traditional “open” surgery (which sometimes require a large incision), but minimally invasive procedures (using small incisions) may offer significant benefits as well:

  • Quicker Recovery Time – Since a minimally invasive procedure requires smaller incisions than conventional surgery (usually about the diameter of a dime), your body may heal much faster.
  • Shorter Hospital Stays – Minimally invasive procedures help get you out of the hospital and back to your life sooner than conventional surgery.
  • Less scarring – Most incisions are so small that it’s hard to even notice them after the incisions have healed.
  • Less pain – Because these procedures are less invasive than conventional surgery, there is typically less pain involved.

Dr. Donkor is an experienced minimally invasive surgeon with extensive training in laparoscopic and robotic surgery. He has many publications in this area and has performed over a thousand of these procedures with exemplary results. If you or a family member or friend is interested in a consultation with Dr. Donkor please contact us.