Minimally Invasive Surgery

Minimally Invasive SurgeryMinimally invasive laparoscopic and robotic surgery have grown in popularity over the past 20 years. Today, surgeons are increasingly performing these procedures to treat a wide array of complex conditions once traditionally reserved for more open or invasive surgeries.

Benefits of minimally invasive surgery are significant for patients compared to traditional open surgery. These benefits include:

  • Decreased pain
  • Reduced scarring
  • Low risk of infection
  • Less blood loss
  • Short hospital stay
  • Faster and safer return to work

Minimally invasive surgery owes its origins to gynecologists who used it for diagnostic purposes in the 1960’s. As clinical experience progressed and laparoscopic surgical tools evolved, surgeons began to perform more complex operations.

At the end of the 1980’s, general surgeons started adopting laparoscopic methods, and today, minimally invasive treatments are performed for many conditions. Examples include:

What Is Minimally Invasive Surgery and How Does It Work?

Generally regarded as safer than traditional open surgery, the methods used in minimally invasive surgery allow your surgeon to limit the size and number of incisions needed during any given procedure.

During open surgery, the surgeon makes a single large incision to view the entire area of the body being operated on. By contrast, during minimally invasive surgery, specialized tiny devices, cameras, and lights that fit through small cuts in the skin allow the surgeon to perform the procedure without impacting the surrounding skin and muscles.

Minimally invasive procedures can also be performed using robotic technology that allows increased control and precision during surgery.

Recovery time for each patient varies depending on the type of disease, medical history, and lifestyle. However, after minimally invasive surgery, patients typically heal quicker, leave the hospital sooner, and recover better than with traditional open surgery.

Chetan J. Patel, M.D.

About Dr. Patel

Native to Central Florida, Chetan J. Patel, M.D., is a board-certified general surgeon and fellowship-trained in advanced gastrointestinal, minimally invasive, and bariatric surgery. He is humbled to offer cutting-edge, personalized care to patients in Lake Nona, St. Cloud, Oviedo, Kissimmee, and the greater Orlando area.

How Does Robotic-Assisted Surgery Work?

Cutting-edge robotic systems provide surgeons with more control and broader visibility during surgery, making the procedure safer, less invasive, and precise. During robotic-assisted surgery, a surgeon operates from a console that can control up to four robotic arms. Stereoscopic, 3D imaging technology allows the surgeon to view the surgical procedure better than ever.

Computer software guides the surgeon’s hand movements making them more precise and targeted. Not all minimally invasive procedures require robot assistance, and not all medical cases are suitable for robotic-assisted surgery. Patients should consult their physician to educate themselves about all options before deciding on a course of treatment.

Dr. Patel is board-certified in general surgery and fellowship-trained in advanced gastrointestinal procedures, minimally invasive surgery, and bariatric surgery. With his advanced skills, Dr. Patel can safely and successfully perform almost any operation in a minimally invasive fashion. Often, surgeons may not offer minimally invasive approaches to patients that have had previous abdominal operations due to increased scar tissue and increased difficulty of surgery; however, as a result of his fellowship training, Dr. Patel has used minimally invasive techniques numerous times even in patients that have had several previous operations.

To learn more about the types of minimally invasive and robotic-assisted procedures we offer, or to obtain a second opinion if you wish to have your procedure in a minimally invasive technique, please feel free to contact us.

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