What is minimally invasive surgery?
Minimally invasive surgery (MIS) is performed using small incisions. In most minimally invasive surgeries, the incisions are about one-half inch long, or dime-sized. Some procedures, like a hip or knee replacement, may require a slightly longer incision, but they’re still significantly shorter than open surgery.
What are the advantages of minimally invasive surgery?
Small incisions cause significantly less trauma. Most importantly, your surgeon preserves your muscles during MIS.
Instead of cutting through the muscles, your surgeon gently stretches them, creating a dime-sized opening. Then they guide specialized surgical instruments through the tiny opening.
By comparison, open surgery makes a long incision that cuts through all the tissues. Then they pull back the muscles to create an opening that accommodates the surgeon’s hands.
MIS allows some people who may not qualify for open surgery to get the treatment they need. It also offers the following advantages:
- Less bleeding during surgery
- Less pain after surgery
- Lower risk of infections
- Quicker recovery
- Faster return to activities
- Minimal scarring
- Shorter hospital stay
For some, MIS is an outpatient procedure, so you go home the same day.
Is joint arthroscopy a minimally invasive procedure?
Yes, arthroscopy uses a dime-sized opening, which is large enough to insert a narrow instrument (arthroscope) into the joint.
The scope’s camera sends magnified images to a monitor, allowing your surgeon to examine the tissues and diagnose the problem. Then they insert tools along the arthroscope to repair or remove damaged tissues.
Can I get a minimally invasive total knee or hip replacement?
The North Valley Orthopedic Institute team uses the most advanced technology to perform joint replacements. That means you can get a partial or total knee replacement and a total hip replacement with MIS.
Does minimally invasive surgery work for ankle and shoulder surgery?
The team frequently treats injuries and diseases in the ankle and shoulder with MIS. For example, they often treat ankle conditions (such as arthritis, broken bones, and joint instability) and shoulder problems (like a torn rotator cuff) using a minimally invasive procedure.
Can my carpal tunnel be treated with minimally invasive surgery?
The North Valley Orthopedic Institute team repairs the compressed nerves using a small scope to perform carpal tunnel release. As a result, you can have MIS that helps your wrist heal faster.
Call North Valley Orthopedic Institute or request an appointment online today to learn more about minimally invasive surgery.
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