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It is always the goal of your medical team to make the best decision possible for you and your needs when choosing treatment options. So, when you are faced with surgery your physician and your surgeon are most likely going to consider options that are easier on your body. For more and more surgeries, ranging from many kinds of general surgeries to cancer and cardiovascular surgeries, the option that has the best chance of being the best decision is laparoscopic surgery, also known as minimally invasive surgery.
The incisions required for conventional surgery are bigger than laparoscopic and more of your body has to be disturbed. In traditional or open surgery, the surgeon makes long cuts through skin, muscle, bone, or whatever is in the way of getting to the area needing repair. This technique can cause a high level of pain along with post surgery complications or difficulties recovering from the surgery.
Minimally invasive surgery is just as its name suggests: The level to which your body is invaded by incisions and wounds, and trauma is reduced to the minimum amount necessary to perform the procedure.
This means your body is much less traumatized. Incisions are smaller, sometimes as small as a dime, so there is less healing required. This means there is oftentimes less pain, less blood loss, less scarring, faster recovery and a reduced incidence of complications.
In some surgeries at Bellin Health, including prostate cancer surgery, hernia repair, gastrointestinal, women’s health-related surgeries and heart surgery, robotic technology is used to further improve the surgeon’s ability to be precise and avoid unnecessary damage to healthy tissue during the surgery. Like non-robotic laprascopic surgery, the benefits include less blood loss, a considerably faster, less painful recovery and reduced scarring.
Like any procedure, successful outcomes depend on the amount of experience that the surgeon has in performing the procedure. Bellin Health’s surgeons perform hundreds of laparoscopic procedures each year, making them some of the most experienced in Northeast Wisconsin.
When it comes to deciding whether to get minimally invasive surgery, the key is to make an informed decision. Talk to your physician, your surgeon and decide for yourself.