Physicians at Northwestern Memorial are leading advances in minimally invasive surgery. These advances now allow doctors to perform surgery through the mouth and vagina. Many medical professionals believe that this type of laparoscopic-assisted procedure, called NOTES (Natural Orifice Translumenal Endoscopic Surgery) is laying the groundwork for truly incision-less surgery. This would mean that surgeries could be performed without cutting into the body at all, which would offer patients many benefits.
Surgeons performing NOTES at Northwestern Memorial
They were the first team in the country to use NOTES to perform gallbladder removals both through the vagina and through the mouth.
Benefits of NOTES Over Traditional Minimally Invasive Surgery
In addition to all of the benefits of minimally invasive surgery, NOTES holds the potential to:
Future of NOTES
According to Dr. Soper, “NOTES is well-received by patients and holds the potential to replace traditional laparoscopic surgery for a wide range of procedures in the future.”
In the coming months, surgeons at Northwestern Memorial will begin utilizing NOTES for a broader range of applications, including appendix removal through the vagina and the diagnosis and treatment of pelvic pain.