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Minimally Invasive Surgery

Technological innovations have changed our lives in many ways - such as how we communicate, gather information, watch television and listen to music.

Technology also has changed the way surgery is performed, resulting in quicker, less painful recovery for patients.

For example, as few as 10 years ago, someone undergoing spine surgery could expect a return to normal activities to take as much as a year.

Today, minimally invasive surgery techniques offer patients similar results with less pain and a quicker recovery. Minimally invasive (or "keyhole") surgery uses a thin, telescope-like instrument called an endoscope, which is inserted through one or more small incisions. The endoscope is connected to a tiny video camera – smaller than a dime – that projects an "inside" view of the patient’s body onto television screens in the operating room.

Small surgical instruments may then be passed through the one or more half-inch incisions. Following the procedure, the small incisions are closed with sutures and covered with surgical tape. After a few months, they are barely visible.

Some of the many benefits of minimally invasive surgery are:

  • One or more tiny scars instead of one large scar
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Reduced complication rates
  • Less intraoperative blood loss
  • Less pain after surgery
  • Shorter recovery time and quicker return to daily activities

It’s important to note that minimally invasive surgery techniques are not appropriate for every patient. Consult with your doctor about available treatment options.

To learn more about minimally invasive surgery procedures offered at Baptist Health Lexington, click here.