When you are going to have an operation, you will want to talk with your surgeon about the types of surgical procedures available for your particular situation. The three types of procedures currently used by most surgeons are traditional surgery that is also known as open surgery, laparoscopic surgery that is also known as minimally invasive surgery, and Da Vinci surgery that is also known as robotic surgery.
Types of Surgery
This type of surgery is a hands-on procedure where the surgeon makes an opening large enough for the surgical instruments and his fingers or hands, as needed. While there may be a lesser invasive form of surgery available, the traditional process may be the best option for your individual case. There may be pre-existing health considerations, such as prior surgical scar tissue at the incision site, which will respond better to an open operation. Also, if an unexpected complication arises during another form of surgery, your surgeon may need to transition to and complete the surgery with a traditional operation.
For this minimally invasive type of surgery, there are several small incisions made where the surgeon is able to insert slender, medical instruments. One instrument will have a camera attached so that the surgeon is able to clearly see the operation site and he is able to perform the majority of the procedure using the laparoscopic instruments. There is less blood loss during a laparoscopic operation, and it takes less time to heal. Depending on the reason for the operation, laparoscopic surgery is often performed as an outpatient procedure, and you are able to return home the same day.
The advanced technology of Da Vinci surgery enables the surgeon to perform the entire operation through the use of robotic medical instruments. The surgery site is viewed on a monitor and performed by the surgeon through a control panel. The incisions are small, heal faster, and reduce the potential risk of an infection.