Minimally Invasive Surgery: Advantages and Applications

Minimally Invasive Surgery: Advantages and Applications

Nobody eagerly awaits surgery. However, in some cases, it is required to treat injuries, control disease, and reduce the risk of consequences. Surgical technologies have progressed in recent years, resulting in safer and more convenient procedures. Many operations that were formerly performed openly have evolved into minimally invasive surgery (MIS). Dr. Alvaro Garcia employs minimally invasive robotic, endoscopic, and laparoscopic techniques.  Since sophisticated devices enable surgeons to operate without opening up the abdominal cavity or other parts of the operation, minimally invasive methods only require minor incisions. These operations are made feasible by cameras, computers, and devices that can perform exact motions. There are multiple advantages to minimally invasive surgery.

1. Less incisions.
One of the benefits of a minimally invasive procedure is that only minor incisions are required to access the operating site. Traditional open surgery often necessitates wider incisions to access the internal area where surgery is performed. For example, a standard open hysterectomy necessitates a six—to twelve-inch incision. Seeing that robotic and laparoscopic surgeries employ specialized small devices; the surgeon can reach internal areas through smaller incisions. For instance, a Davinci X-I robotic hysterectomy involves incisions less than an inch long. Some complex procedures may need several tiny incisions; however, this is better than a large incision in open surgery. The small incisions of minimally invasive procedures provide significant benefits. The smaller incisions reduce blood loss during surgery and scarcely discernible scars afterward.

2. Less scarring. 
Smaller incisions result in less scarring. Small incisions need fewer stitches, which are frequently the source of scars. If the incisions leave scars, their modest size will make them much less visible than a single lengthy incision from traditional open surgery. However, the scars usually disappear and become practically undetectable within a few months.

3. Improved accuracy and reduced risk of complications. 
During minimally invasive treatments, surgeons use specifically specialized equipment, such as an operating microscope and an endoscope. The surgeon may obtain greater clarity of the organ in actual time without cutting through and moving muscle and tissue, as in open surgery. The improved tools in these operations also enable higher-risk and difficult tasks to be completed appropriately. As a result, these operations are more precise and offer superior results.

Blood loss, a severe risk during surgery, is also reduced when tiny incisions are employed. Minimally invasive procedures leave surgical wounds that heal much quicker and are less prone to developing infections than larger incisions. Minimally invasive procedures additionally lower the likelihood of surgical site infections, the primary cause of hospital readmission.

4. Shorter hospitalizations. 
Patients who undergo MIS experience shorter hospital stays than those with standard abdomen surgeries. Many patients can return home after only one night in the hospital. Besides, you can stay in the comfort of your home, and a shorter hospital stay will save you money. Open or abdominal surgeries can involve two or three nights in the hospital.

5. Less pain. 
Patients who undergo minimally invasive treatment experience fewer side effects and pain than those who undergo open surgical procedures. Certain open procedures necessitate cutting substantial amounts of connective tissue and muscle hence causing distress to the body.

Since MIS promotes speedier healing, the length of post-operative pain and distress may be reduced. The optics and compact instruments used in minimally invasive surgeries eliminate the requirement for removing a lot of tissue. the need to cut massive amounts of tissue. More minor incisions cause less discomfort and heal faster. This implies less need for pain medication, which has its advantages.

6. A shortened recovery period. 
Furthermore, the reduced recovery time is among the most appealing aspects of minimally invasive surgery. For all of the reasons listed above, MIS incisions and trauma heal substantially faster than open traditional surgeries. This implies that patients can resume their usual activities significantly quicker than if they had standard surgery. A standard abdominal hysterectomy, for example, often needs a 6- to 8-week recovery time, whereas a minimally invasive hysterectomy needs 3 to 4 weeks.

Examples of Minimally Invasive Surgical Procedures 
Many treatments may be performed utilizing robots or less invasive methods instead of traditional open surgery. Minimally invasive surgery can be performed on the digestive, urologic, cardiac, lung, renal, and gynecologic systems. Examples of minimally invasive surgery techniques include:

  • Urological surgery: nephrectomy (kidney removal), prostatectomy (prostate removal), and sacrocolpopexy (pelvic organ prolapse repair). 
  • VATS (Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery): Thoracoscopy-guided procedures to treat lung cancer or reconstructive pectus excavatum surgery.
  • Endoluminal surgery for the gastrointestinal system: Curative treatment for a variety of illnesses, including premature esophageal cancer, premature gastric cancer, large intestine and rectal tumors, and different gastrointestinal cancers. 
  • Spine surgery: Fusion, tumor removal, and treatment of spinal stenosis. 
  • Endovascular surgery: Angioplasty, stenting, atherectomy, and embolization. 
  • Functional endoscopic sinus surgery: Used to treat significant sinus diseases. 
  • Heart surgery: Consists of patching the (Atrial Septal Defect) ASD and repairing the mitral valve cleft.
  • Bariatric operations: Gastric sleeve and bypass surgery for weight reduction. 
  • Arthroscopy procedures: Shoulder arthroscopy for rotator cuff injuries, ankle arthroscopy for pain relief, and hip arthroscopy for minor hip surgery.  
  • Laparoscopic surgery: Hernia repair, gallbladder removal (cholecystectomy), appendix removal (appendectomy), and adrenal gland removal (adrenalectomy). 


Both patients and doctors are privileged that significant progress has been made in rendering surgical operations less stressful. Minimally invasive surgery has various advantages over standard or open procedures.

Developments in surgery technology and procedures enable General & Bariatric Surgery of South Florida surgeons to perform more surgeries using less invasive techniques. We provide a broad spectrum of minimally invasive surgeries, including hernia repair, gastric sleeve and colon surgery, and bariatric surgery. Our surgeons can reduce surgical trauma by accessing your organs through smaller incisions, resulting in less pain, complications, and recovery time. Because of our dedication to research, innovation, and quality, you have access to the most modern therapies possible.

Thus, minimally invasive surgery has substantial advantages. By avoiding most of the complications that accompany surgery, you may quickly return to doing what you like. Contact us today to book a consultation to learn more about minimally invasive surgeries and choose the best option.

Dr. Garcia is a robotic gastric sleeve surgery specialist located in Pembroke Pines in South Florida. Robotic Gastric Sleeve Surgery is performed using the Davinci X-i. Contact our offices today for a consultation.

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