Minimally Invasive Surgery at OU Medicine


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About our Care

Minimally invasive surgery is any surgical technique that does not need a large incision. This relatively new approach allows the patient to recuperate faster with less pain. Not all conditions are suitable for minimally invasive surgery. Many surgery techniques now fall under minimally invasive surgery. This can be used to evaluate illnesses and injuries, as well as to obtain tissue samples and make repairs.

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The benefits of minimally invasive surgery can include:

  • Small incisions
  • Less pain
  • Low risk of infection
  • Short hospital stay
  • Quick recovery time
  • Less scarring

While minimally invasive surgery effectively reduces recovery time and gives surgeons greater control, it isn't for everyone. Sometimes traditional open surgery provides surgeons better access to the area to be treated, and sometimes a patient's age, physical condition and surgical history may necessitate open surgery.

Some of our minimally invasive ​services include: 

  •  Robotic Surgery Advanced robotic systems give doctors greater control and vision during surgery, allowing them to perform safe, less invasive and precise surgical procedures.

  • Laparoscopy A minimally invasive procedure in the belly cavity that uses a tube with a light and a camera lens at the end (laparoscope) to examine organs and check for abnormalities. Laparoscopy is often used during surgery to look inside the body and avoid making large incisions. Tissue samples may also be taken for exam and testing.

  • Endoscopy A test that uses a small, flexible tube with a light and a camera lens at the end (endoscope) to examine the inside of the hollow organs of the digestive tract. Tissue samples from inside the digestive tract may also be taken for exam and testing. Endoscopy may include gastroscopy, esophagoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, or colonoscopy.

  • Arthroscopy Surgeons can look at the interior of a joint with the use of an arthroscope. This technique is most often used to inspect and possibly repair the inside of the knee, shoulder, or hip joint.

  • Bronchoscopy The exam of the bronchi (the main airways of the lungs) using a flexible tube (bronchoscope). Bronchoscopy helps to evaluate and diagnose lung problems, assess blockages, obtain samples of tissue and/or fluid, and/or to help remove a foreign body.

  • Thoracoscopy Minimally invasive surgery in the chest cavity.