Definition of Minimally Invasive Surgery:
Minimally invasive surgery is a new-age surgical technique wherein surgeons make only a few small incisions on the patient’s body, as compared to the traditional long cuts.
A laparoscope with a camera at its top is inserted into the body. This instrument guides the surgeons by showing the inside of the patient’s body on a large screen.
Minimally invasive surgery has become the norm of modern surgery. It offers numerous benefits, but the big ones are as follows:
1. No Big Cuts
This is arguably the best thing that minimally invasive surgery has to offer. Unlike traditional long cuts, minimally invasive surgery involves making 3 or 4 small cuts to gain access to the patient’s affected organ (s).
Bariatric surgeries are often done using minimally invasive techniques; so, be it gastric banding, gastric sleeve, or gastric bypass, surgeons these days prefer minimally invasive methods. Minimal access is, therefore, the best surgical treatment for obesity.
2. Reduced Complications
Since there are no big cuts on the body, complication chances automatically go down. Be it bleeding, swelling, or any other complication, there are lesser chances in case of a minimally invasive surgery.
It’s not like you won’t develop any complications at all; chances of complications are always there, but they are always less than those that come with traditional surgeries.
3. Faster Recovery
The small incisions also ensure that the patient recover earlier to get back to his/her normal lifestyle. But, a lot depends on your lifestyle changes post procedure.
However, the patient or his/her family should always look for the best hospital and surgeons to make the most of the latest medical advancements. Search Google, and you’ll see n numbers of hospitals and surgeons specializing in minimal access, but you should look for the one, which has been in the healthcare industry for a good number of years, and has the infrastructure and technology to carry out such surgeries.
However, it’s your surgeon who’ll decide whether minimal access is the best option considering your individual case and complications. So, do make sure to sit with your surgeon for a detailed discussion to get to know what you should expect from the surgery, what are the possible complications involved, and life after the surgery. It’s good to take your friend or family with you so that he remembers what you may miss out on.