Minimal Access Surgery or Minimally Invasive Surgery is a new kind of surgery that gets more and more common nowadays. It’s another well-known expression is ‘Endoscopic Surgery’. With this method, a surgical operation is performed by the help of a small endoscopic camera, several long, thin, rigid instruments through natural body openings or small artificial incisions (‘Keyhole Surgery’).
Minimally invasive surgical procedures avoid open invasive surgery in favor of closed or local surgery with less trauma. These procedures involve the use of laparoscopic devices and remote-control manipulation of instruments with indirect observation of the surgical field through an endoscope or similar device and are carried out through the skin or through a body cavity or anatomical opening. This may result in shorter hospital stays, or allow outpatient treatment.
Minimal Access Surgery should have less operative trauma for the patient than an equivalent invasive procedure. It may be more or less expensive. Operative time is longer, but the hospitalization time is shorter. It causes less pain and scarring, speedy recovery, and reduces the incidence of post-surgical complications, such as adhesions.
RG Stone Hospital has one of the advanced and most experienced minimally invasive surgery practices in India. Minimally invasive surgery is performed both on an inpatient (stay in the hospital) and outpatient (go home the same day) basis. Following are some of the types of minimally invasive surgery performed by our urologists: