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Minimally Invasive Surgery

Loyola University Health System offers minimally invasive alternatives for a number of surgical procedures that would otherwise require large incisions and long recovery times. We perform a minimally invasive procedure wherever it is possible and makes sense for our patients.

The benefits of minimally invasive surgery include:

  • Reduced blood loss
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Smaller incisions
  • Less scarring
  • Quicker return to normal activities

There are several types of minimally invasive surgery at Loyola, including:

Interventional endoscopy

In an endoscopic procedure, physicians are able to look inside the body without an incision. The instruments used in an endoscopy are inserted directly into an organ through one of the body’s openings (for example, the mouth, nose, rectum or vagina).

Image-guided surgery

A variety of procedures can now be performed utilizing radiographic-guidance, including interventional radiology, heart valve surgery, aneurysm stenting and ablation of tumors.

Laparoscopic procedures

The most common type of minimally invasive surgery uses small incisions in the abdomen, each about a half inch long, to insert a laparoscope (a specialized camera) and surgical instruments. The laparoscope sends digital video to a monitor, which the surgeon uses as a guide during the operation.

Robotic-assisted surgery

The minimally invasive robot technology is designed to provide surgeons with enhanced capabilities, including breakthrough visualization, precision and control. The robotic system works by translating your surgeon's hand movements on the robotic controls into more precise movements of the miniaturized instruments that are inserted into the body.

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