Minimally Invasive Surgical Procedures

Minimally Invasive Procedures

In the past, open surgery was the only option available to surgeons. Today, minimally invasive technology is completely changing the way doctors approach patient care. Using advanced technology, surgeons make small pencil-sized incisions in the body while video equipment is used to provide a magnified view of the surgical site. Instruments are then used to perform the surgery through the incisions so patients often experience smaller scars and faster recoveries.

Minimally invasive surgical procedures offer many options for both the physician and the patient. Compared with traditional surgery, minimally invasive procedures may offer the following advantages:

  • Smaller incisions resulting in reduced pain and discomfort
  • Minimal scarring
  • Greater surgical precision
  • Enhanced visualization of the surgical site
  • Less trauma
  • Fewer complications
  • Less blood loss and a decreased need for blood transfusions
  • Reduced risk of infection
  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Faster recoveries

Minimally Invasive Procedures

Valley Hospital has many minimally invasive offerings, including:

  • Abdominal
  • Bladder, kidney, prostate
  • Brain and spine
  • Cancer
  • Chest and lung
  • Colon and rectal
  • Ear, nose, throat
  • Heart and vascular
  • Joints, bones
  • OB/GYN

Minimally-Invasive, Robotic-Assisted Lung Biopsy

The technology, formally known as the Ion endoluminal system by Intuitive, is a robotic-assisted platform for minimally invasive lung biopsies. It features an ultra-thin, ultra-maneuverable catheter that allows navigation far into the peripheral lung, along with the stability needed for a precise biopsy compared to manual techniques.

Get a Physician Referral

If you need a referral to a physician at Valley Hospital, call our free physician referral service at 800-879-0980.

Individual results may vary. There are risks associated with any surgical procedure. Talk with your doctor about these risks to find out if robotic surgery is right for you.