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Minimally Invasive Surgery

Experience less pain, faster recovery,
and a shorter hospital stay

At Advanced Surgical Care of Northern Illinois, many procedures are performed laparoscopically, with the advanced minimally invasive skills of our expert surgeons. Minimally invasive surgery, also known as MIS, minimal access, keyhole surgery, laparascopic surgery or endoscopic surgery, is a major advance in surgical technique bringing patients excellent results in comparison to traditional ‘open’ surgical procedures.  MIS involves having minimum interference with the body’s normal physiological function, thus allowing surgeons access to complex anatomy through very small incisions instead of the large incisions associated with traditional ‘open’ surgery.  Patients often experience less pain, faster recovery, and a shorter length of stay at the hospital.

Frequently Asked Questions

How is minimally invasive surgery performed?
A tiny camera is introduced into the body through a small incision and transmits images back to a video monitor, thus enabling us to diagnose and treat a variety of conditions.  We insert surgical instruments and devices such as irrigation and drainage devices through the small incisions to assist in treating the condition.
What are the benefits of minimally invasive surgery?
There are many benefits to Minimally Invasive Surgery including:

  • Decreased need for pain medication post-op
  • Less pain
  • Minimal scarring
  • Less likelihood of complications
  • Reduced therapy requirements
  • Earlier return to activity (and often discharge from hospital)

What are the risks associated with minimally invasive surgery?
Complications of any surgery include:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Pneumonia
  • Blood clots
  • Heart/lung problems
  • Damage to bowel, organs or blood vessels
  • Wound infections

What are commonly performed MIS procedures?
Common procedures that benefit from Minimally Invasive Surgery include:

  • Hernia repair
  • Appendectomy
  • Gallbladder removal
  • Nissen Fundoplication (for Reflux)
  • Bariatric procedures
  • Colon resection
  • Foregut surgery
  • Small bowl resection
  • Hiatal hernia
  • Revisional surgery