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    Minimally Invasive Surgery

    Novant Health UVA Health System Prince William Surgical Associates is committed to providing the right treatment options for you and your family. In cases where surgery is the best treatment option, minimally invasive surgery might be an alternative to traditional surgery.

    How Minimally Invasive Surgery Works

    Typically, minimally invasive surgery involves your surgeon making a series of small incisions (sometimes only millimeters long) through which to guide cameras and other small instruments to the site where surgery is needed. Surgeons view magnified images from the small camera on a screen in the operating room, and use other technology to move the small instruments as needed.

    The Advantages of Minimally Invasive Surgery

    Since incisions needed in minimally invasive surgery are much smaller than those required by traditional surgery, there is less risk of infection afterwards. Recovery is often less painful as well, and takes less time.

    The Potential Drawbacks of Minimally Invasive Surgery

    In most cases, minimally invasive surgery delivers the exact same benefits of traditional surgery with a shorter and less painful recovery time. The surgery itself might take a bit longer than traditional surgery, and there is a chance that your surgeon will have to convert the procedure to a traditional one if the minimally invasive instruments cannot be used to achieve needed outcomes.

    Talk to your surgeon to learn more about the benefits of minimally invasive surgery, and to learn if it is the right option for you.