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Frequently Asked Questions


What are the Benefits of MIS?


What is Minimally Invasive Surgery?


Minimally invasive spinal surgery

With advances in minimally invasive surgery in many fields, are there any such developments in spine surgery?


Robotic gastric bypass surgery

I have heard about 'robotic' gastric bypass surgery. Can you explain what this is and how is it different from the normal gastric bypass?


What are the Benefits of MIS?

From the patient's perspective, minimally invasive surgery offers many attractive advantages over conventional surgery which often requires a lengthy hospital stay and week of recovery. With minimally invasive surgery, patients may experience less pain and less scarring.

 

Other benefits may include:

•   One to two days or less in the hospital

•   Faster healing

•   Shorter recovery time

•   Patients get back to their routines quicker.

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What is Minimally Invasive Surgery?

Minimally invasive surgery uses a thin, telescope-like instrument called an endoscope, which is inserted through a small incision. The endoscope is connected to a tiny video camera--smaller than a dime--which projects a view of the operative site onto video monitors located inside the operating room. The scope allows the surgeon to perform major surgery through several tiny openings without the need for a large incision. Through the use of miniature cameras with telescopes, tiny fiber-optic flashlights, and high definition monitors, the surgeon can magnify and view what's inside the body of the patient with incredible detail.

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Minimally invasive spinal surgery

With advances in minimally invasive surgery in many fields, are there any such developments in spine surgery?

Yes. Some of the Minimally Invasive or Minimal Access techniques in spinal surgery have actually been around for a while, but popularity and applications have been expanding recently.

 

One example is the use of tubes as working channels to gain access to the spine instead of traditional wider openings. Not only does this technique allow for a small incision, but the approach simply parts the muscle fibers in the back instead of having to cut through them. This results in much better anatomic and physiologic preservation to achieve the same goals as traditional surgery.

 

For the patient, it means less pain and faster recovery. We would be happy to provide you with more information.

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Robotic gastric bypass surgery

I have heard about 'robotic' gastric bypass surgery. Can you explain what this is and how is it different from the normal gastric bypass?

ALT   Dr. Jay Kuhn says:

 

Gastric bypass surgery is done in a select few institutions with the aid of the DaVinci surgical robot. The robot is a device that allows the surgeons to see in 3-D and to have instruments that bend at the “wrist”.

 

The intent is to give surgeons the ability to operate laparoscopically, but yet feel like their hands are inside the patient’s body. The major task that is facilitated with the robot is suturing.

 

The robot is not like what we envision from Isaac Asimov or The Jetsons – it is a machine that helps surgeons.

 

Most gastric bypasses are done laparoscopically nowadays, but in select few centers such as Baystate Medical Center, it is offered with the aid of the robot. The size of the incisions and recovery time is about the same for both techniques.

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