Minimally Invasive Surgery
Minimally invasive surgery is a type of surgery in which tiny incisions are made to allow surgeons to complete the operation. These incisions are usually less than 1 cm each. Surgeons use specially designed instruments and a small camera that are inserted into the body to perform the necessary procedure.
At Banner Thunderbird Children’s Center, we offer the latest technology in surgery through our Minimally Invasive Surgery Program.
Our team of board-certified pediatric specialists uses minimally invasive surgery techniques in pediatric surgery, orthopedics, urology, and adolescent gynecology.
Frequently asked questions about minimally invasive procedures performed at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center:
- What are the benefits of minimally invasive surgery?
- Can my child's surgery be performed with the minimally invasive approach?
- Are there any reasons not to choose minimally invasive surgery?
- What are the possible complications of minimally invasive surgery?
- What is laparoscopy and endoscopy?
What are the benefits of minimally invasive surgery?
Answer: The benefits of minimally invasive surgery include:
- Faster healing with less scarring
- Less post surgical pain
- Less blood loss
- Shorter hospital stay after surgery
- Faster return to normal activity
Because only tiny incisions are made, less trauma is exerted on the body. Children especially benefit from this type of operation because of their delicate body tissue.
Can my child's surgery be performed with the minimally invasive approach?
Answer: Many surgical procedures can be performed safely with minimally invasive surgery. It is recommended that you discuss this option with your surgeon before the surgery is scheduled.
Are there any reasons not to choose minimally invasive surgery?
Answer: If your child has an uncorrectable bleeding disorder, intestinal obstruction, active infection, previous abdominal surgery, severe heart disease or pulmonary disease, minimally invasive surgery may not be suitable for him or her. Please consult your surgeon if your child has any of these conditions.
What are the possible complications of minimally invasive surgery?
Answer: Minimally invasive surgery is a very safe operation. Conversion to open surgery is sometimes necessary to safely complete the remaining procedure. Other potential complications include bleeding, infection and injury to the adjacent organs such as blood vessels and bowels. The reported rate of complication with minimally invasive surgery is less than 5 percent.
What is laparoscopy and endoscopy?
Answer: Laparoscopic and endoscopic procedures are types of minimally invasive surgery that utilize a tiny camera and small surgical instruments to perform diagnostic and reconstructive surgeries. These procedures can be performed either through tiny incisions or through natural body openings such as the urethra. Most of the laparoscopic and endoscopic procedures are done in an outpatient setting under general anesthesia.