Surgery has come a long way in the past 20 years. What used to mean an
“open surgery” followed by days spent in the hospital, long
recoveries and increased risk of infection, has given way to minimally
invasive procedures such as colorectal surgeries, hernia repair and gall
Mission Hospital, skilled surgeons have been at the forefront of minimally invasive surgery
since the early 1990s, when video cameras became small enough to attach
to telescopes. Today, they perform the vast majority of surgeries in a
minimally invasive manner, meaning the surgeon makes several small incisions
instead of one large one. A miniature camera is placed inside the body
through a small tube so the surgical team can view the procedure as a
magnified image on a video monitor in the operating room. Specialized
instruments are then placed through the other tubes to perform the procedure.
Minimally invasive procedures can be performed on virtually any area of the body.
The benefits of minimally invasive surgery can include:
- A shorter hospital stay
- Fewer complications
- A faster recovery
- Less blood loss
- Minimal scarring
Through minimally invasive procedures, Mission Hospital is able to continually
improve the health and quality of life of our patients. “At Mission
Hospital, we are always striving to achieve the best way to treat patients
and get them back to health as quickly and safely as possible,”
said John Shaver, MD, board-certified general surgeon at Mission Hospital.
"We use a minimally invasive approach whenever possible so our patients
are able to return to work sooner and get back to doing the things they
want to do.”
Mission Hospital is also one of just a handful of hospitals in the country
to use the daVinci XI Surgical System — the most advanced daVinci
surgical robot that utilizes a 3D, high-definition vision system, special
instruments and computer software that allow the surgeon to operate with
enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control.
With the daVinci XI system, Dr. Shaver and other highly trained surgeons
at Mission Hospital perform 90 percent of colorectal surgeries in a safer,
minimally invasive manner — something that is done only 65-70 percent
of the time across the country.
“We are doing incredible things here at Mission Hospital so patients
don’t need to travel outside of south Orange County to receive the
surgical care they’re looking for,” Dr. Shaver said.
To find out if minimally invasive surgery is right for you, speak to your doctor.