Minimally Invasive Procedures
Surgery of any form can be intimidating. The prospect of being cut open on an operating table by a stranger is always a formidable thought. However, with the advancement of technology, there are a lot more options than what was available traditionally and cutting open a person might not always be the only option available to doctors.
A surgery is by definition an invasive operation. It requires some form of incision to be made in the body and hence the reason it is called invasive and offering a high standard of care. While in the olden days it was necessary to cut open large areas of the body in order to get to the inner organs, with the development of technology, more sophisticated equipment has been introduced to the medical world. These instruments and especially the use of robotic technology has vastly improved the performance in procedures and reduced the amount of damage done to the human body as a result of surgical procedures. These are known as minimally invasive procedures and are defined by the size of the incision made on the body.
While traditionally a knee specialist Melbourne would need to cut open large amounts of skin to view a knee, now a knee arthroscopy, with the use of modern equipment can be done with a small incision. These are now known to be minimally invasive procedures. The biggest advantage of using a minimally invasive procedure against open surgery is that it reduces the healing time of the wound, reduces pain, especially in the post operation time frame while reducing the risk of infections from occurring on the otherwise open wound.
The front runners in this form of procedures were the radiologists. Rather than cutting open the body to find the problem, through the use of catheters which could be directed through the body, they were able to find and sometimes even repair the problem. Modern imaging techniques allowed the doctors to have a clear understanding of the conditions within the body without having to cut it open for observations.
However, as in the case of an open surgery, the risks involved are similar. The patient will still be under anesthesia and might face complications such as ruptures, bleeding and infections. However, the patients will feel less operative trauma, reduced scarring and possible complications from arising as a result of the wound is a lot less as a result of minimally invasive procedures when compared to open surgery. Usually the operating time is comparatively longer but the recovery time for the patient is shorter. The cost of the operation can sometimes be more or less expensive compared to open surgery and is determined by the nature of the operation.