Carolinas HealthCare System

Benefits of Minimally Invasive Surgery

By using minimally invasive surgery (MIS) techniques, Carolinas Medical Center 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

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 Carolinas Medical Center, minimally invasive procedures are used whenever possible. Although some patients are not candidates for minimally invasive surgery, it is important that you seek a second opinion whenever discussing the surgical options that are available to you.

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