With potential benefits such as a quicker recovery and less pain, minimally invasive surgery at Baptist Beaumont Hospital is an increasingly popular surgical technique. For some procedures, such as gallbladder removal, it is now used more widely than conventional open surgery.
|Physicians are able to operate with greater precision with the NuBoom Surgical System.
When performing minimally invasive surgery, also called laparoscopic or endoscopic surgery, the surgeon makes a few small incisions (less than a half inch), compared to incisions of 5 to 8 inches or longer, with open surgery. A camera and surgical instruments are attached to robotic arms that are inserted through several tiny incisions. The camera sends greatly magnified images, which are displayed on a screen that enables the surgeon to see the surgical site with much greater definition.
Benefits of minimally invasive surgery
Not all surgeries can be performed using minimally invasive techniques. Some types of cancer, heart or other surgeries may require a more open surgical field. In some instances, the physician may determine that a patient is not a good candidate for laparoscopic surgery based on his or her overall health or condition.
When laparoscopic surgery is used, it benefits patients in many ways, including:
- Shorter recovery time: Since small incisions usually heal faster than large ones, some surgeries can be done on an outpatient basis. Surgical patients who are admitted to the hospital may be released sooner and return to their regular activities faster.
- Less pain: Small incisions generally mean less postoperative pain.
- Lower risk of infection: Smaller wounds are generally at less risk of infection.
- Less blood loss: Smaller incisions typically result in less blood loss than with open surgery.
- Less scarring: This can be a significant consideration for some patients.
The fine art of surgery
Baptist Beaumont Hospital now offers more minimally invasive surgical options with the NuBoom Surgical System. This FDA-approved robotic and computer-assisted surgical system enables physicians to perform minimally invasive surgeries with unsurpassed precision, range of motion and control. The surgeon operates a tiny, voice-controlled camera that transmits greatly magnified 3-D images.
Is this surgery for you?
To learn more about minimally invasive surgery at Baptist Beaumont Hospital and the NuBoom Surgical System, click to visit our Minimally Invasive Surgery page or call (409) 212-7129.