Benefits of Minimally Invasive Procedures

By using minimally invasive surgery (MIS) techniques, the University of Chicago Medicine offers our patients many benefits over traditional surgeries. They include:

Less Pain

MIS procedures cause less post-operative pain and discomfort. Studies have shown that patients undergoing MIS procedures report less pain and require smaller doses of pain relievers than patients undergoing traditional surgeries.

Shorter Hospital Stay

Shorter hospital stay and quicker return to normal activities. Patients who undergo MIS procedures are usually able to go home sooner. And, in many cases, the patient is able to return to normal activities and work more quickly.

Less Scarring

MIS procedures require smaller incisions -- which means smaller, less noticeable scars. The scars that do form as a result of MIS typically have a less jagged edge -- giving them a more appealing look.

Less Injury to Tissue

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Most traditional surgeries require a long incision. This incision usually has to be made through muscle. Muscle needs a significant time to heal after surgery. Because there are no long incisions in MIS, surgeons often do not have to cut through muscles to complete the procedure -- leading to less tissue damage and quicker recovery.

Higher Accuracy Rate

A higher accuracy rate for most procedures. Because MIS procedures use video-assisted equipment, the surgeon has better visualization and magnification of internal organs and structure. For patients, this translates into a more accurate and definitive procedure.

Is MIS Right for You?

At the University of Chicago Medicine, minimally invasive procedures are used whenever possible. Some MIS procedures and surgeries may not be suitable for every patient. Your surgeon will discuss your personal options before any surgery.

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