Minimally invasive surgery, or keyhole surgery, is a type of procedure that only requires small incisions, if any at all. Minimally invasive surgery is considered safer than traditional surgery, but often requires specialized technological equipment, facilities, and training.
During minimally invasive surgery, a small tube with a camera and a light called an endoscope is inserted through the body’s natural openings or through small incisions. Special instruments are then passed through the endoscope to perform the surgery. The camera allows the surgical team to view the procedure on a screen.
There are many different types of minimally invasive procedures, such as:
There are many benefits to minimally invasive surgery, including:
- Shorter hospital stays
- Quicker recovery times
- Less pain and discomfort
- Less trauma to the body
- Reduced risk of post-op complications, e.g. infection