Minimally Invasive Procedures Available at Baptist

Minimally invasive surgeries are procedures performed through small "ports" rather than through the large incisions of "open" surgery. Instead of creating a large incision in which to see the portion of the anatomy being treated, during minimally invasive surgery physicians create a few small incisions--usually no larger than a coin--through which they insert specialized telescoping surgical equipment that contains a tiny camera and a light. The image from the camera is displayed on a television monitor to allow the surgeon to see the internal anatomy. The surgeon also uses other specialized equipment passed through these small incisions to perform the procedure.

Minimally invasive surgery may offer a number of advantages for patients, including:

  • Less blood loss
  • Less post-operative pain and discomfort
  • Shorter recovery time and faster return to normal activities
  • Reduced risk of infection

Certain procedures that formerly required open surgery are now possible as minimally invasive procedures through the use of robotic technology. Baptist offers the da Vinci Surgical System,™ robotic equipment that magnifies the surgical field up to 10 times the actual size and allows for 3-D visualization.

Baptist also provides "knifeless surgery" through the CyberKnife® Stereotactic Radiotherapy System. The system is particularly useful for eradicating tiny tumors in the brain and spine.

Physicians on staff at Baptist perform a number of specialized minimally invasive procedures for a range of conditions throughout the body. Click the links in this section to learn more about these procedures.

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