A recent story in the Denver Post highlights the growing use of “minimally invasive” surgical techniques at University of Colorado Hospital. These techniques allow surgeons to do things that would have been unthinkable in the previous generation of medicine, such as repairing a patient’s heart without opening the rib cage, or removing a diseased pancreas through a few small incisions.
Minimally invasive procedures are not feasible for every patient in every circumstance. When used appropriately, however, they offer many potential advantages to the patient, including smaller scars, less hospitalization time, and a faster, easier recovery from surgery. Read more in the Denver Post.