The goal of any minimally invasive procedure is to treat the affected area with great precision without harming the surrounding healthy tissue. This approach leads to a more effective surgery and a more comfortable recovery. Different types of minimally invasive surgery include:
Laparoscopic surgery and endoscopic surgery are minimally invasive surgical techniques that use several small incisions, compared to one large incision used in traditional operations. Alternatively, surgeons may not make an incision at all. They may use one of the body’s natural openings, such as the nose or mouth, to access the affected area.
Surgeons insert miniature instruments into the incisions or opening to perform procedures. One of these instruments, called an endoscope, is a long, thin, flexible tube. A camera at the end enables the surgical team to see the area in detail. This approach, using small incisions and instruments, typically leads to an easier recovery for you, with little or no scarring.
At Allegheny Valley, we offer a minimally invasive outpatient procedure, known as Barrx™, for people with Barrett's esophagus. This technique uses an electrical current to create heat that destroys damaged tissue in the esophagus.
Robotic surgery is another type of minimally invasive surgery. The surgeon controls a robotic arm to perform the surgery.
A video monitor shows detailed, real-time images of the area during the procedure. The robotic arm has greater dexterity than a human arm so surgeons can perform a safe, targeted procedure, with little or no damage to surrounding healthy tissue.
We use the da Vinci system and other minimally invasive approaches for:
Surgeons cannot treat every person or condition with robotic surgery due to:
You and your surgeon may determine that a traditional, open procedure will lead to a better result for you. Our team always has your long-term health in mind. Learn more about surgery services at Allegheny Valley Hospital.
Allegheny Valley Hospital
1301 Carlisle Street
Natrona Heights, PA 15065