Baptist Health Madisonville: Minimally Invasive Surgery
Surgeon Mohan Rao, MD, describes how minimally invasive surgery is performed through small incisions, allowing for a shorter surgery, less pain, and a quicker recovery.
Minimally Invasive Surgery
Mohan Rao, MD, General Surgery
Minimally invasive procedures are procedures that are done through small incisions. They may be some of the traditional operations that have been done for many years, they’re just done a little differently. Let me use gall bladder as an example. Gall bladder surgery was traditionally done through a fairly long incision. The patients were typically in the hospital three to four days, off work six weeks. Now, that same operation is done as an outpatient procedure, with two or three small incisions — exactly the same operation, but with considerably less pain, and actually, the same results or better results. As a matter of fact, most patients go home the same day, and most patients are back to work usually within about 10 days to two weeks, and cosmetically it’s better. Functionally it’s the same operation, and it has turned an operation that was traditionally a few hours — an hour or two long — to a much shorter operation, with a quicker outcome and a quicker discharge and a quicker back-to-work or back-to-normal daily activities. To be able to have a major surgery done locally — your doctor knows who you are, all about you, he knows what was done — I think it’s a tremendous benefit.