Minimally invasive surgery (MIS) is a surgical procedure that utilizes miniscule cameras (equipped with tiny fiber-optic flashlights and microscope) that are inserted into small incisions.
The procedure is otherwise known as laparoscopic surgery.
Unlike traditional open surgery, patients recover faster with minimally invasive surgery.
Unlike conventional surgery, there is also minimal blood loss and less scarring.
Taking into account all the benefits it offers, it’s no surprise has become the preferred choice nowadays instead of open surgery.
Some of the incomparable benefits of minimally invasive surgery include:
- Reduced infection risk – the risk of infection is significantly reduced since the procedure is less invasive. There is also less pain and scarring.
- Increased safety – since the incisions made are very small, there is less blood loss and body trauma.
- Minimal scarring – incisions made will only take a stitch or two to close.
- Shorter recovery period – minimally invasive surgeries will only take a maximum of 2 weeks for recovery while traditional open surgery will require at least 6 to 8 weeks.
- Shorter hospital stay – many patients who undergo minimally invasive procedures are not required to stay in the hospital and are discharged after a few hours.
Even if deemed less invasive, preparation before an MIS is still required to help ensure the procedure is a success.
Get your preparation off to a good start by asking your doctor the following key questions:
What can I expect during the procedure?
Ensure you know the specifics.
For starters, inquire about the likely duration of the procedure, the instruments that will be utilized, as well as the number of the incisions that will be made.
It would also be a good idea to put into writing other things you want enlightenment on so you will have a better insight of what you are getting into.
What are the possible effects of the procedure?
While post-surgery pain is expected, it might not be where you expect it.
That being said, it would be a good idea to inquire beforehand.
Also, it is recommended that you ask where you will likely to feel discomfort, how long it will last, and how severe it can be.
How long is the recovery period?
Even if many cases of minimally invasive surgeries are carried out as outpatient procedures, it is still vital that you are aware of the expected length of recuperation.
This is crucial so you can make the necessary preparations and adjustments ahead of time.
Pre and Post Surgery Preparations
The night before the surgery, it is advised that you take a shower so the surgical site is cleaned. Alcohol intake should also be avoided. When needed, doctors will provide directions on bowel preparation.
Using moisturizers, creams, and lotions are also not advisable on the day of the procedure. Being asked to abstain from eating and drinking the night prior to the operation is also likely.
To play safe, it would be best to check with your doctor regarding the dos and don’ts so you can stick to them accordingly.
After the procedure, patients will often stay in the recovery room for 2 or 3 hours.
Pain medications and antibiotics will also be given.
Once patient can move around comfortably and urinate, the urinary catheter (when applicable) will be removed.