Minimally invasive operating techniques have had a tremendous impact on surgery since the 1990s. Patients who choose these innovative procedures over conventional surgery usually have shorter hospital stays and quicker recovery. This means getting back sooner to the things that are important in life.
These kinds of procedures are not for everyone and only your doctor can determine if a minimally invasive surgery is right for you. These procedures have been proven to be as effective as those of conventional surgery, and more than 20 million Americans have had them.
Not only do these procedures usually provide equivalent outcomes to traditional open surgery (which sometimes require a large incision), but minimally invasive procedures (using small incisions) may offer significant benefits as well:
- Quicker Recovery – Since a minimally invasive procedure requires smaller incisions than conventional surgery, your body may heal much faster.
- Shorter Hospital Stays – Minimally invasive procedures help get you out of the hospital and back to your life sooner than conventional surgery.
- Less scarring – Most incisions are so small that it’s hard to even notice them after the incisions have healed.
- Less pain – Because these procedures are less invasive than conventional surgery, there is typically less pain involved.
There is a range of conditions that can occur at any point in your digestive tract. While the symptoms of some conditions range from mild discomfort to severe pain, other conditions may have no symptoms at all. Whatever it is you’re feeling, it’s important to talk to your doctor about it, regardless of how minor or embarrassing it may seem. This should include discussion of screening for those conditions that do not have any symptoms.
If you’ve already seen a doctor and have been diagnosed with a condition such as acid reflux/heartburn or hiatal hernia, minimally invasive could be right for you. Contact Dr. Heidi Ryan for a consultation. She can help you find the treatment that is right for you.