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Minimally invasive surgery

Minimally invasive surgery is an effective surgical method that is less intrusive than traditional surgery. By using small incisions and instruments, we are able to create positive surgical outcomes that typically have minimal scarring, faster recovery times and shorter hospital stays.

Minimally invasive surgical care in Virginia

We offer minimally invasive procedures which speed recovery.

At HCA Virginia Health System, our surgeons are with you throughout your procedure. A minimally invasive procedure is usually our first treatment option for you. This type of less intrusive surgery makes the least impact on your body and shortens your stay.

Save time on your surgery with online registration.

Registering online for your procedure saves you time and helps us prepare for your needs, such as collecting insurance information, setting up preop tests or making arrangements for your personal doctor.

Registering online for your procedure saves you time and helps us prepare for your needs, such as collecting insurance information, setting up preop tests or making arrangements for your personal doctor.

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Conditions treated with less intrusive care

As an alternative to traditional open surgery, a minimally invasive procedure is an option for many conditions, including:

  • Back pain
  • Gastrointestinal cancers
  • Gastrointestinal diseases
  • Gynecological cancers
  • Gynecological disorders
  • Joint diseases or injuries
  • Lung diseases and cancers
  • Morbid obesity
  • Spinal cord disorders and injuries

Minimally invasive surgical procedures we offer

In addition to robot-assisted surgery, we also offer endoscopic and laparoscopic procedures.

What is minimally invasive surgery?

Minimally invasive surgery are procedures offered in addition to traditional open surgery. This specialized surgical treatment uses fewer and smaller incisions to perform procedures. Minimally invasive procedures fall into three categories, including endoscopic, laparoscopic and robot-assisted surgeries.

Endoscopic surgery

Surgeons complete endoscopic surgery by inserting an instrument through a needle or a body opening such as the mouth, anus or vagina. This allows physicians to view the surgical area through magnified imaging and perform surgery using miniaturized instruments. The technique is used in procedures such as hysterectomies and colon polyp removals.

Laparoscopic surgery

Our skilled surgeons perform this technique by making small incisions in the abdomen usually near the belly button. After making incisions, our doctors insert a laparoscope or tube that includes miniature high-definition cameras and tools to complete surgery.

Robot-assisted surgery

Robot-assisted surgery is the most advanced surgery we perform. The procedure allows highly trained surgeons to perform a variety of surgeries with a high degree of precision and effectiveness. However, it’s essential to understand that a robotic surgical system never makes an incision — or even a movement — on its own. Instead, your surgeon has extensive training and experience using robotic surgical equipment and he or she is fully in control of the robot at all times.

At HCA Virginia Health System, our surgeons perform the most robotic-assisted procedures of any health system in the Commonwealth. Our doctors work with you to prepare, operate and provide post-operative care for your procedure.

Understanding robotic surgery

Put simply, robotic technology helps your surgeon operate robotic equipment, which translates the surgeon's hand movements into precise micro-movements. The technique enables your surgeon to operate in small or hard-to-reach areas.

Your surgeon will make tiny incisions, smaller than those of traditional surgery, to introduce tiny instruments and a high-definition 3D camera that magnifies the view of the surgical area. Our hospitals use robotic systems for procedures across many medical specialties, including:

  • Bariatric (weight loss) surgery
  • Gastrointestinal surgery
  • General surgery
  • Gynecologic surgery
  • Head and neck surgery
  • Joint replacement surgery
  • Lung and thoracic surgery
  • Spine surgery
  • Urologic surgery

Benefits of minimally invasive surgery

No matter which procedure your surgeon performs, smaller incisions translate to numerous benefits for you, such as:

  • A shorter hospital stay after surgery
  • Faster recovery and return to normal life
  • Less time on the operating table
  • Minimal scarring and blood loss
  • Reduced pain and less need for postoperative pain medicine

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