What is Minimally Invasive Surgery?

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What is minimally invasive surgery? Minimally invasive surgery is less invasive than traditional open surgery, offering numerous benefits for patients.

Do you have questions about minimally invasive surgery? “Minimally invasive” is an umbrella term for any surgery less invasive than traditional open surgery. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a condition that may require surgery, you can rest assured that all of our physicians receive specialty training in minimally invasive surgery procedures and that the Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery Program at MedStar Franklin Square offers the most sophisticated and advanced minimally invasive surgery procedures.

What is Minimally Invasive Surgery?

Minimally invasive surgery refers to any surgical procedure that is performed through tiny incisions instead of a large opening. Because your surgeon will make smaller incisions, you will likely have a quicker recovery time and less pain than traditional open surgery but with the same benefits as traditional surgery.

During minimally invasive surgery, your MedStar Surgeon will make several small incisions in your skin, typically a few millimeters long. Your surgeon will then insert an endoscope  (a long, thin tube fixed with a camera and light) into one of the incisions. Images from the endoscope are sent to monitors in the operating room so that your surgeon can view clear, magnified pictures of the area needing surgery. Your surgeon will then insert surgical instruments through the other incisions, allowing your surgeon to perform the surgery on whatever’s wrong inside your body.

At MedStar Franklin Square, we offer different types of minimally invasive surgery, including:

  • Laparoscopic surgery - Your surgeon uses small, thin instruments and a video camera to enhance the visual field.
  • Robotic surgery - Your surgeon places tiny robotic instruments into your body and controls the robot’s movement from a nearby console. The robot is able to access hard-to-reach areas of your body and has greater dexterity than a human.
  • GYN/Pelvic surgery - For certain procedures, such as a hysterectomy, surgeons can often remove the uterus through the vagina. Learn more about gynecology surgery.

Not all surgeries can be performed with minimally invasive techniques. For example, removal of cancer tumors is usually accomplished through conventional surgery. Minimally invasive surgery may also take longer than traditional open surgery. However, the advantages of minimally invasive surgery significantly outweigh disadvantages.

The benefits of minimally invasive surgery include:

  • Smaller incisions
  • Less pain
  • Minimal to no scars
  • Less blood loss
  • Lower rate of complications
  • Shorter hospital stay

Read more about the benefits of minimally invasive surgery. In addition to these benefits, minimally invasive surgery is often the best choice for patients facing operations in multiple specialties such as general surgery, gynecological surgery, urogynecological surgery, colorectal surgery and bariatric surgery. 

Learn more about minimally invasive surgery at MedStar Franklin Square: 

Location Information

For a physician referral, please call 443-777-7900.

MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
White Square Building
9105 Franklin Square Drive
Suites 305 and 307
Baltimore, MD 21237