Minimally Invasive Surgery | UnityPoint Health Quad Cities

Minimally Invasive Surgery

Long recovery times from certain kinds of surgery are becoming a thing of the past as techniques become much less invasive, letting patients get back to normal more quickly and with less pain.

State-of-the-art technology and techniques, using things like tiny fiber optic flashlights, miniature cameras and high-definition monitors, are being used to treat a variety of ailments, including problems with the gall bladder, colon, hernias and gastroesophageal reflux disease. This equipment is also being used with knee, hip and spinal surgeries.

These types of surgeries are characterized by smaller incisions and muscles that have been separated rather than cut through. This means less blood loss during the surgery as well as a shorter rehabilitation time afterward. Many are performed as outpatient surgery, eliminating the need for hospitalization.

These surgeries come with fewer complications, less pain, a shorter hospital stay and faster recovery.

Orthopedic surgeons also are able to use minimally invasive surgery to perform total knee replacement without cutting through tendons or muscles. The incision has been reduced from 12 inches in length to as small as three to five inches.

Minimally invasive techniques can repair ruptured discs that are pinching nerves in the spine. With the right surgery and right surgeon, patients can return to their normal life activities much sooner and with less discomfort. 

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