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Minimally Invasive Surgery at Newton-Wellesley HospitalWith access to advanced technology, surgeons at Newton-Wellesley Hospital are able to perform a wide variety of procedures through an incision that requires only a stitch or two to close. Minimally invasive surgery (also known as laparoscopic surgery) is completed through small incisions using specialized techniques, small cameras with fiber-optic lighting (called laparoscopes) and highdefinition monitors.
Less Pain, Quicker Recovery
During a minimally invasive abdominal procedure, surgeons insert a laparoscope – a long tube with a camera and light attached – into the patient through a small incision. The image obtained by the camera is sent to a high-definition monitor viewed by the surgeon during the operation. The surgeon also makes other small incisions to insert whatever tools are necessary to complete the procedure. The number and size of the incisions depend on the operation. Sheila Partridge, MD, Medical Director, Center for Weight Loss Surgery, explains that for procedures such as diagnostic tests where the laparoscope is used only to look around, a small incision (1/3 of an inch) may be all that is needed. If larger instruments are needed to complete the surgery or if more substantial organs are removed, a longer incision (up to 3/4 of an inch) may be needed.
Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery
Minimally invasive procedures have a high accuracy rate because surgeons use high-definition video equipment and specialized tools to provide an efficient and safe operation.
For patients, minimally invasive surgery has many benefits including:
Availability of Minimally Invasive Procedures
At Newton-Wellesley, minimally invasive surgical procedures are performed both on an inpatient and outpatient basis depending on the procedure. Minimally invasive techniques are now used for many conditions – from kidney stones to varicose veins, carpal tunnel and appendicitis. These advances in technology are allowing surgeons to offer this option to patients.
“We are working to coordinate all the surgical disciplines and make them aware of the new technology that we have available,” says Dr. Millham. “Our goal is to make sure we are providing the highest quality of care on the cutting-edge of the newest equipment and techniques available.”
There are a broad range of minimally invasive surgery types available. Newton-Wellesley offers minimally invasive procedures for many different conditions from a simple hernia operation to a more complex gastric bypass procedure. According to Dr. Millham, 99 percent of patients who come to the Hospital for weight loss surgery are candidates for a minimally invasive procedure.
“This is an exciting time to be involved in the surgical field," says Dr. Millham. "As technology continues to evolve, we are able to offer more minimally invasive procedures to our patients. I am pleased that Newton-Wellesley offers both the highest quality care as well as focuses on the latest tools and technologies to provide our patients with the very best care."
For more information about Newton-Wellesley Hospital, call CareFinder at 1-866-NWH-DOCS (694-3627) or visit our website at www.nwh.org.
Devices used during surgery are named for the body areas where the procedure is being performed: