Benefits of Minimally Invasive Treatments
By using minimally invasive treatments, the Andrews Institute offers our patients many benefits over traditional surgeries.
Minimally invasive orthopaedic surgery benefits:
- Significantly less post-operative pain
- Less damage to tissue
- Reduced recovery time
- Faster return to normal activities
- Less scarring
- Very small "keyhole" incisions or greatly reduced incision size
- Some procedures can be performed on an outpatient basis, requiring no overnight stay in the hospital
- Most arthroscopic procedures can be performed under local or regional anesthesia (blocks), requiring only sedation. This results in less side effects and post-operative pain compared to traditional general anesthesia.
Minimally Invasive Treatments cause less post-operative pain and discomfort. Studies have shown that patients undergoing Minimally Invasive procedures report less pain and require smaller doses of pain relievers than patients undergoing traditional surgeries.
Quicker Outpatient Stays
Patients who undergo Minimally Invasive Treatments are usually able to go home sooner. And, in many cases, the patient is able to return to normal activities and work more quickly.
Minimally Invasive Treatments require smaller incisions – which means smaller, less noticeable scars. The scars that do form as a result of Minimally Invasive Treatments 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 Minimally Invasive Surgery, 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 Minimally Invasive 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.