What are the Advantages of Minimally Invasive Surgery?

What advantages can minimally invasive surgery bring to patients? Since the incisions are much smaller than those in traditional surgery, patients undergoing minimally invasive surgery enjoy many advantages, including the following points:

1. Less tissue trauma

Smaller incisions mean less tissue trauma, and fewer operations which must be performed after surgeries. When operating by using endoscope or arthroscope like laparoscopic stapler, the manipulation and destruction of nearby tissues and organs are generally less, which would increase the pain and healing time. For example, traditional thoracic surgery involves incision of the sternum or ribs to enter the lungs or heart, while minimally invasive thoracic surgery uses only small skin and muscle incisions. 

2. Less bleeding

When the incision is reduced to a few millimeters, the amount of bleeding is minimal. For instance, when endoscopic gastrectomy (i.e. gastric mucosa to prevent gastric distention and torsion) is performed, several small incisions are made instead of a long one, usually up to 12 inches. 

3. Faster surgery

Long incisions, ligation of open blood vessels and suturing of long incisions take valuable time. Smaller incisions can save a lot of time, which means patients can be anesthetized in a shorter period of time.


4. Pain relief

Smaller incisions and less tissue damage by minimally invasive surgery equipment will cause less pain to the patient and would require fewer painkillers during recovery.

5. Faster recovery

The recovery time could be reduced because the small incisions of the pets would heal quickly. Keep in mind, however, as the healing of the internal incision may take longer time than the skin incision, please strictly follow the doctor's instructions on post-operative mobility restrictions.

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