Even though many people might not look forward to having surgery, modern-day surgery is nothing short of miraculous. Surgeons can repair organs, remove diseased or damaged tissue, restore your quality of life, treat a condition that causes pain, and restore the functionality of your body. Our board-certified surgeons treat a variety of conditions here at Preva Surgicare - Surgery Center Of The Woodlands, and when possible, perform minimally invasive surgery.
In this blog, we highlight the many benefits of minimally invasive surgery.
Minimally invasive surgical techniques can be used to perform many different types of surgery. Here are a few examples of surgeries we perform at Previa Surgicare - Surgery Center of the Woodlands:
In addition to general surgery, orthopedic procedures can also be performed with minimally invasive techniques. This includes ACL repair, rotator cuff repair, and carpal tunnel surgery.
Minimally invasive procedures rely on narrow instruments (often less than one-half inch in diameter) to make repairs, etc. Because the instruments are so small, you only need incisions small enough to accommodate the instruments. Traditional open surgery, on the other, requires much larger incisions, which can cause more scarring and discomfort.
Minimally invasive surgery causes less scarring due to the smaller incisions. This aspect alone can make your aftercare easier since you’re caring for a much smaller incision site.
The risk of blood loss during surgery is reduced when smaller incisions are made. Because there is a reduced risk of bleeding, there’s also a reduced need for blood transfusion due to blood loss.
One of the most alluring benefits of minimally invasive surgery is the shorter recovery period. The smaller incisions heal faster, which means you can get back to your normal routine faster. Your specific timeline depends on what type of surgery you need and your overall health, but many patients return to normal activities much quicker after minimally invasive surgery than after traditional surgery.
For example, you can expect recovery from minimally invasive appendectomy to take about three weeks (or six weeks after traditional surgery.)
According to a 2014 study, minimally invasive surgery carries a reduced risk of surgical site infections. Regardless of which type of surgery you have, you can further reduce your risk of infection by following all post-op instructions and keeping your incision clean and dry.
Another benefit of minimally invasive surgery is that many procedures are performed as an outpatient procedure. Usually, this means you can return home the same day as your surgery and recovery in the comfort of your own home.
To learn more about minimally invasive surgery, schedule your appointment by calling us at 281-377-3706 or by using our online scheduling tool.