Procedures using incisions generally under one–half inch in length are known as minimally invasive. Often labeled laparoscopic surgery and performed with small instruments such as endoscopes or other technologies, minimally invasive surgery typically means less pain and discomfort, less blood loss, smaller scars, shorter hospital stays and quicker recovery than with traditional surgery.
Your First Choice for Advanced Surgical Services
At Parkland Medical Center, more than 90 percent of our surgical procedures use laparoscopic or robotic–assisted, minimally invasive techniques. With tiny, flexible, endoscopic instruments, our skilled, board–certified surgeons operate on internal organs through several small openings in the body rather than creating one large incision.
Because the required cuts are so small they might fit under a postage stamp, the process has been called “keyhole” surgery. Depending on your particular situation, minimally invasive surgery may allow you to return home the same or the next day and get back to work or your active life within two or three days.
Innovative Tools & Treatments
In addition to the latest fiber–optic surgical tools available at Parkland Medical Center, you have access to highly skilled and experienced surgeons who use innovative surgical systems that include laparoscopic and robotic–assisted technologies to treat a broad range of conditions. Our minimally invasive surgical techniques make an excellent choice when you need:
- Gallbladder removal
- Anti–reflux (GERD) procedures
- Orthopedic surgery
- Gastrointestinal procedures
- Hernia repair
- Kidney, kidney stone, spleen or adrenal gland surgery
- Surgery for many cancers of the kidney, colon, head and neck, pancreas, lung and other organs
You may also benefit from the surgical experts at our sister facility, Portsmouth Regional Hospital, who developed a remarkable new procedure to remove diseased kidneys with minimally invasive surgery. What’s more, Portsmouth’s ear–nose–throat (ENT) surgeons were among the first in the nation to introduce minimally invasive, image–guided stereotactic surgery–incorporating high–definition cameras and monitors—to assist in treatment of delicate sinus conditions.
Recovery & Rehabilitation
Support for your recovery begins before surgery when our expert anesthesia providers visit with you and your surgeon about the best approach to sedation during your procedure. To more quickly regain function following surgery, you may benefit from our extensive outpatient rehabilitation services.