Thursday, July 28, 2016

The benefits of minimally invasive surgery

You've been told you need surgery. Whether it is classified as major or minor, surgery is a scary thought to many people. Luckily with advances in general surgery, there are excellent options that make surgery and its recovery far less daunting than they used to be. Minimally invasive surgery is an option for many procedures and carries excellent benefits.

inside of a surgical suite


What is minimally invasive surgery?

With traditional surgery - also known as open surgery - surgeons must use a fairly large incision to operate within the body. With minimally invasive surgery, surgeons use a variety of techniques to operate with less injury to the body than with open surgery. Minimally invasive surgery may also be called a laparoscopy.

Key benefits of minimally invasive surgery

Increased safety: The smaller incisions used in minimally invasive surgery cause much less trauma to the body and less blood loss as well. The likelihood of post-surgical infection is also reduced significantly.

Decreased scarring: Smaller incisions equal fewer stitches and easier recovery for your skin. In fact, many incisions from minimally invasive surgery can be closed with just 1-3 stitches.

Shorter hospital stay: Most minimally invasive surgery patients have the procedure done as an outpatient or need less than a day's stay in the hospital before going home.

Faster recovery: Recovery from traditional surgery can take 6-8 weeks or more. Recovery from minimally invasive surgery is often two weeks or less.

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Minimally invasive surgery close to home

When you need surgery, talk to your doctor about the minimally invasive and advanced surgical options available right here at Logansport Memorial Hospital. Stay close to your family and friends and reduce stress by not having to travel for your procedure.

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