Having surgery of any type can be scary, but at WakeMed, we pride ourselves on taking the scary out of your visit. One way we can minimize your fears is by offering you the very latest in minimally invasive surgical procedures. Instead of having an open surgery that requires several days in the hospital, we offer some the most advanced minimally invasive surgeries. These minimally invasive procedures have equal or better results then their more open counterparts. And that gives you peace of mind.
The region’s most advanced and unique minimally invasive procedures
WakeMed is dedicated to patients in our community and to finding optimal treatments for every medical condition. This is why minimally invasive procedures are offered to treat many different conditions. Everyday our surgeons and specialists are pioneering new and innovative procedures that make surgery less demanding and ultimately more comfortable for each patient.
Minimally invasive surgery offers many benefits, including:
Reduced pain and discomfort due to smaller incisions
Quicker recovery time
Shorter hospital stays, including more outpatient options
Reduced risk of infection
Greater surgical precision
Fewer complications and side effects
What is minimally invasive surgery? Minimally invasive procedures are an alternative option to open surgery. In traditional, open surgeries, a surgeon makes a large incision to operate inside the body. With minimally invasive surgery, the surgeon only makes a few small incisions to access the problem area. These incisions are usually less than 1/2 an inch. Using the tiny openings, the physician inserts small scopes and a miniature video camera to see inside the body. The camera projects live images onto monitors, providing a clear and magnified view of the surgical area.
Minimally invasive surgeries performed through small holes is called laparoscopy. When diagnostic and therapeutic procedures are done to view the body's organs and vessels, it is called endoscopy. Robotic surgery is also a type of minimally invasive surgery. In these cases, a miniature camera gives the surgeon a remarkably clear and magnified high-definition, 3-dimensional view inside the body. Combined with miniaturized, flexible instruments controlled by the surgeon, robotics offers a higher level of precision and control during surgery.
Whether you opt for state-of-the-art robotic-assisted technology, laparoscopic or endoscopic techniques, surgeons at WakeMed can perform complex and delicate procedures through small incisions with unmatched precision so that you have the least invasive surgery to diagnose or correct a medical problem.
At WakeMed, many different specialties use minimally invasive procedures to treat and correct medical conditions throughout the body. These specialties include: