Minimally invasive surgery is usually preferable to open surgery. Though all types of surgery have risks, there’s typically less postsurgical pain, shorter hospital stays, and easier recoveries with minimally invasive procedures. The two main procedures are laparoscopic surgery and robotic surgery.
During traditional “open” surgery, your surgeon makes one large incision for your procedure. With laparoscopic surgery, the surgeon makes several much smaller incisions and uses small tools – including a tiny video camera, which provides a two-dimensional picture and allows the surgeon to be more precise. This often results in less blood loss, pain, and scarring. The economic benefits include shorter hospital stays, lower medical costs, and a faster recovery.
Robotic surgery is similar to laparoscopic surgery: The surgeon still makes several small incisions and uses a video camera and small instruments. In robotic surgery, however, the surgeon sits at a computer and uses “wristed” hand controls to move the robot. Computerized three-dimensional, high-definition, magnified images give the surgeon dramatically better vision and even greater precision. The instruments move just like human hands, giving the surgeon greater range of motion and more precise movements, which can mean less bleeding and postsurgical pain than even laparoscopic surgery.
If you have any questions about a laparoscopic or robotic surgery procedure, please contact us at 920-886-8979 or toll-free at 877-897-7747, or use our convenient Request an Appointment form. Patients come to us from Appleton, Neenah, Oshkosh, Waupaca, Shawano, New London, Ripon, Fond du Lac and close-by locations.