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.