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The Forefront of Minimally Invasive Surgery is Here in Orlando

Advances in medical technology have led to new methods for performing precise procedures that are minimally invasive, affording patients the benefits of minimally invasive surgery. These new techniques offer patients much faster recovery times, far less pain and a reduced risk of complications compared to traditional open surgery.

How Minimally Invasive Surgery Compares to Traditional Surgery

Unlike traditional surgery which requires large incisions, minimally invasive surgery is performed through tiny incisions instead of one large opening. Because of the size of these incisions, patients tend to recover much quicker and have less pain and discomfort. Often, these incisions are no larger than a few milimeters, just large enough to allow a long, thin tube with a camera attached at the end to pass through. This camera allows the surgeon to view the operation area in extreme high definition, allowing for precise movements while repairing the affected area. 

Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) procedures available at Florida Hospital Cancer Institute include: 

  • Robotic-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery: As technology advances it allows new and innovative ways of providing alternative approaches to healthcare. Robotic-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery has become one of the additional minimally invasive approaches to surgically removing lung cancer here at FHCI. Although similar to VATS, Robotic-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery has increased its presence because of its ability to utilize robot arms that are flexible and smaller, which allow precision when working in confined spaces. This procedure requires 3-5 small incisions for cameras and instrument manipulation. The smaller incisions provides the patient with increased comfort and pain management following surgery, which leads to shorter hospital stays and faster recovery times. This minimally invasive surgical option allows additional treatment (radiation and/or chemotherapy), if necessary, to begin sooner.
  • VATS Lobectomy: Until recently, thoracic surgeries that involved lung resection were performed using open surgery techniques which required making an incision 8 to 10 inches long and a hospital stay of five to seven days. Using Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS), surgeons at FHCI make two to four small incisions instead so cameras and instruments can be inserted into the thoracic cavity to facilitate removal of the lobe of the lung. Since there’s no need to spread the ribs or make large incisions, patients experience greater post-operative mobility, reduced need for pain management drugs, and a lower risk of complications, such as infections. The usual post-operative stay in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is also shorter or not even necessary.  In addition, patients are able to start additional cancer therapies such as chemotherapy or radiation sooner.

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