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Minimally invasive surgery (MIS) has redefined the field of surgery. The term is used to describe a number of surgeries, as well as diagnostic procedures. MIS includes both laparoscopy (surgery through small holes) and endoscopy (diagnostic and therapeutic procedures performed through the body's organs and existing openings).
In traditional surgeries, a surgeon needs to make a large incision in order to operate. With MIS, the surgeon makes a few small holes — usually less than 1/2 an inch. The surgeon then inserts specially designed, thin instruments and sophisticated video equipment to perform the operation through the smaller opening.
These port sites are the key to MIS. The benefits of MIS include less pain, quicker return to normal activities and less tissue damage than with traditional surgeries.
By using MIS techniques, UChicago Medicine offers our patients many benefits over traditional surgeries.
Our world-renowned surgeons are experts in a variety of minimally invasive techniques. Learn more about the innovative treatment options we offer at the UChicago Medicine.