Minimally Invasive Surgery
Is minimally invasive surgery (MIS) right for me?
Though it is less invasive, MIS is still surgery and there are accompanying risks. Your physician is best qualified to help you choose the treatment option best suited to your circumstances. If MIS is indeed appropriate, your physician will discuss what the procedure entails and will devise a plan to help you ease back into daily activities. Recovery will still take some time, but it should be faster.
What is minimally invasive surgery?
MIS involves special instruments such as tiny video cameras and scopes that fit inside the body. Using these instruments, physicians are able to operate on a specific area directly from the inside and with much less trauma. Risk of complications may be reduced as well, providing more treatment options for certain medical conditions.
What are the benefits of MIS?
Because the incisions are so much smaller, recovery is faster and less painful than with conventional surgery. Also, the scars are smaller and more faint. To make them even less noticeable, physicians often choose inconspicuous locations, such as inside the belly button, to make incisions.
What makes MIS at University Hospitals different?
In a word, experience. Our experts are leading the charge and pioneering minimally invasive techniques in various specialty areas such as:
- Cancer treatment
- Cardiothoracic surgery
- Joint replacement
- Spine surgery
- Sports medicine
- Hand surgery
- Gastrointestinal surgery
Building on our solid record of successful outcomes, we continually develop new MIS procedures to expand options for you and reduce the impact of surgery. When developing your personalized treatment plan, we seek the least invasive option that addresses your individual medical and personal needs.