Minimally invasive surgery is the evolution of open surgery. In open surgery, a large incision — sometimes up to a foot long in operations like hysterectomies — must be made to allow the surgeon access to the abdomen. This large incision means significant sutures and considerable pain for most patients.
With minimally invasive surgery, the procedure involves a small group of abdominal incisions that are a fraction of the size — only 8-12 mm each. Dr. Kong uses specialized instruments to perform the operation and remove tissue through the incisions. Because the incisions are so much smaller, pain is greatly reduced and patients have a faster recovery. There's also less scarring with minimally invasive surgery.
Dr. Kong performs a number of procedures using minimally invasive techniques, including:
A major benefit of minimally invasive surgery is that recovery is much easier. Most minimally invasive procedures are outpatient: You just need to stay in recovery for a couple of hours (until you're awake and talking) before you can go home to recover. In some cases, patients need to spend a night or two in the hospital after minimally invasive surgery, but it's still far less than days or even weeks sometimes required for open surgery.
To ensure a smooth recovery, follow Dr. Kong's discharge guidelines closely. Many patients feel well enough to resume much of their normal lifestyle including work within just a week or so.
If you want to learn more about minimally invasive surgery, use the convenient online appointment tool or call the office anytime to request an appointment.
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