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General Minimally Invasive Surgery

When medication, lifestyle changes and other non-surgical treatments cannot relieve symptoms, surgery is the accepted treatment for a broad range of conditions.


Surgery can be a scary proposition for a patient, no matter how routine the procedure. If surgery is recommended, you want to learn as much as you can about your surgical options and find the physician and hospital that are right for you.


While surgery is generally the most effective treatment option for a range of abdominal and other conditions, traditional open surgery with a large incision has its drawbacks – pain, trauma, long recovery time and risk of infection.


Fortunately, less invasive options are available to many patients facing surgery. Thanks to the latest evolution in surgical technology, physicians now have some effective alternatives to traditional open surgery through both laparoscopic surgery and the da Vinci® Surgical System.


With the assistance of the da Vinci Surgical System, surgeons can now operate using only 1-2 cm incisions, but with greater precision and control than ever before. da Vinci can help surgeons minimize the pain and risk associated with surgery while increasing the likelihood of a fast recovery and excellent clinical outcomes.


UofL Health performs a wide variety of general surgical procedures both with laparoscopic surgery and the da Vinci, including:

  • Colorectal lower anterior resections
  • Endoscopic sinus procedures
  • Gallbladder surgery
  • Lap-Band surgery
  • Lap Nissen Fundoplication (for GERD)
  • Nephrectomies
  • Tubal ligation
  • Video-assisted thorascopy


Ask your doctor if minimally invasive surgery is right for you. For more information about scheduling a minimally invasive procedure, call 1-800-333-2230.