Minimally Invasive Surgery
Laparoscopic surgery is one commonly known type of minimally invasive surgery (MIS), but MIS has expanded beyond laparoscopy. MIS procedures are widely accepted as the standard of care in many surgical specialties for specific procedures. They are done through small incisions that require little stitching to close, which often makes MIS preferable to traditional surgery for both doctors and patients.
We perform minimally invasive procedures whenever possible. Below is a list that includes some of the minimally invasive procedures we perform.
Head & Neck Surgery
Benefits of Minimally Invasive Surgery
Minimally invasive surgery is becoming more and more common, in part, because of the positive outcomes and patient benefits. Some of those benefits are:
Advances in minimally invasive surgery are making many types of surgeries safer and easier of the patients. At Northwestern Medicine, we perform a variety of minimally invasive surgeries, including the newest, least-invasive procedures.
We are constantly seeking ways to improve the quality of our healthcare and the quality of life for our patients, so we work hard to be at the forefront of medical advances. For example, as of February, 2009, our team of surgeons was the only one in the country using natural orifice translumenal endoscopic surgery, or NOTES, to perform gallbladder removals both through the vagina and through the mouth.
Some examples of the types of minimally invasive treatment options we offer are:
NOTES (Natural Orifice Translumenal Endoscopic Surgery)
Single incision laparoscopic surgery