When surgery becomes necessary, anxious patients naturally want safe, non intrusive procedures that will allow them to return to their normal activities quickly. Baptist Health Louisville specialists are committed to providing the community with the most advanced technologies and frequently recommend minimally invasive techniques as the best route to restoring a patient’s health.
While some patients are still best-served through traditional, open surgery, minimally invasive procedures offer alternatives that offer patients fewer complications, less scarring and shorter recovery times. Baptist Health Louisville physicians provide more than 50 laparoscopic and robotic procedures for an array of cardiac, thoracic, urological, gynecological, gastric, bariatric, neurological and cancerous conditions.
Both conventional laparoscopic and robotic techniques offer numerous advantages over “open” surgery, where physicians must make large incisions to reach the surgical area.
Minimally invasive procedures:
- improve the safety of surgery
- decrease blood loss and the need for transfusions
- result in fewer complications
- cause less post-operative pain
- reduce scarring
- shorten the hospital stay
- speed recovery time
- allow patients to return to health and daily life sooner
- provide the potential for better clinical outcomes
In minimally invasive laparoscopic procedures, a surgeon makes one or more small incisions, then inserts a tube or tubes, often called “ports,” “portals” or “keyholes.” These ports let the surgeon slip in tiny video cameras, miniature fiber-optic flashlights and specially designed surgical instruments to perform the procedure. High-definition monitors provide the surgical team with a magnified, enhanced view of the surgical site.
Robotic surgery using the da Vinci Surgical System
The most up-to-date method of minimally invasive surgery uses computer-enhanced robotic technology. Used in tens of thousands of minimally invasive procedures worldwide, the da Vinci Surgical System expands the capabilities of Baptist Health Louisville surgeons by allowing them even more exacting precision, control and maneuverability.
During a da Vinci procedure, the surgeon makes several dime-sized or smaller incisions and inserts miniature, specially designed instruments through ports into the surgical site. Seated at an ergonomically-designed console a few feet from the operating table, the surgeon then remotely manipulates the instruments using a control system that directly translates into precise movements and filters out any hand tremor. A video monitor provides a magnified, three-dimensional view of the surgical area that provides greater visual detail than traditional surgery.
Other members of the surgical team stand by the operating table to assist, closely monitoring the patient and the robot-controlled instruments. The system cannot be programmed or make decisions on its own – every movement requires direct input from the surgeon.
Minimally invasive procedures offered at Baptist Health Louisville
Baptist Health Louisville physicians specialize in a full spectrum of minimally invasive surgical techniques. Explore our website to learn more about the following laparoscopic and da Vinci robotic procedures offered at Baptist Health Louisville: