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Minimally Invasive Surgery

Sometimes smaller is better, especially when it comes to surgery. And for over a decade St. Jude Medical Center has offered patients the most effective, Minimally Invasive Surgical (MIS) procedures available, sometimes referred to as laparoscopic surgery.

Advances in technology and surgical technique continue to allow us to offer more surgeries using the minimally invasive approach—an approach that ultimately benefits the patient.

Having surgery used to mean spending several days in a hospital and weeks in recovery, leaving you with lengthy scars. Today's new minimally invasive procedures have changed all that. Using advanced technology, surgeons make tiny, 1 - 2 cm incisions while sophisticated video equipment is used to provide a magnified view of the surgical site. Instruments are used to perform the surgery through the incisions so patients experience smaller scars and faster recoveries.

MIS offers many options for both the physician and the patient. Compared with traditional surgery, MIS offers the following advantages:

  • Smaller incisions resulting in reduced pain and discomfort
  • Minimal scarring
  • Greater surgical precision
  • Enhanced visualization of the surgical site
  • Less trauma
  • Fewer complications
  • Less blood loss and a decreased need for blood transfusions
  • Reduced risk of infection
  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Faster recoveries

St. Jude Medical Center's MIS program also offers the latest state-of-the-art da Vinci Robotic Surgical System. This revolutionary technology provides even greater advantages.

The da Vinci Robotic Surgical System features high-definition optics and superior visualization, presenting surgeons with a three-dimensional view of the surgical site. The system also offers unsurpassed dexterity, utilizing four robotic arms that allow surgeons to rotate instruments more than 360 degrees through the tiniest of incisions, providing even greater precision and control. The system is particularly useful for operations that require the surgeon to work in small areas of the body or perform complex surgeries.

Robotically-assisted surgery is a specialized form of MIS, and currently St. Jude is performing robotic surgery in two primary areas— nerve-sparing prostatectomy and gynecologic surgery for cancer, uterine fibroids, endometrial cancer, pelvic masses, and pelvic floor problems such as vaginal prolapse. Not all conditions or diseases can be effectively treated with a minimally invasive or robotic approach. It is important to talk to your doctor to determine which options are best for you.

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