What are Minimally Invasive Procedures? | MIMIT Health

Minimally invasive procedures allow your physician to use techniques that limit the size and number of cuts, or incisions, that they need to make. It’s typically considered safer than open surgery. You’ll usually recover more quickly, spend less time in the hospital, and feel more comfortable while you heal.

In traditional open surgery, your surgeon makes one large cut to see the part of your body that they’re operating on. In minimally invasive surgery, your surgeon uses small tools, cameras, and lights that fit through several tiny cuts in your skin. This allows your surgeon to perform surgery without opening a lot of skin and muscle.

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Some minimally invasive procedures are done with robotic technology that allows more precise control over the surgery. Other minimally invasive surgeries are done without robotic assistance.

Minimally Invasive Procedures we offer:

Angiography
This means taking an x-ray while injecting dye to study blood flow in the arteries. The resulting image can be used to examine almost any artery within the body. Often, less-invasive tests, such as magnetic resonance angiography and CT angiography, are used as well.

Carotid angiography/stents
Using imaging for guidance, the physician threads a catheter to the carotid artery, then inflates a balloon to open the blood vessel where it is narrowed or blocked. In some cases, this is then held open with a stent, a tiny metal mesh cylinder.

Angioplasty/stents
In some cases of peripheral artery disease, your physician may recommend angioplasty and stenting. This procedure is considered minimally invasive in comparison to open surgery. It is most effective for more localized blockages in the larger arteries. The physician threads a thin tube through a blood vessel in the arm or groin up to the involved site in the artery. The tube has a tiny balloon on the end. When the tube is in place, the physician inflates the balloon to push the plaque outward against the wall of the artery. This widens the artery and restores blood flow.

Phlebectomy
This is a method of removing varicose veins on the surface of the legs. It is done in the office under local anesthesia. It involves making tiny punctures or incisions through which the veins are removed. The incisions are so small no stitches are required and the patient is able to walk the next day.

Radiofrequency Ablation
This involves inserting a thin, flexible tube called a catheter into the varicose vein. The tip of the catheter heats the walls of the vein and destroys the vein tissue. Once destroyed, the vein is no longer able to carry blood and is absorbed by the body.

Sclerotherapy
This is the most common way to treat both spider and varicose veins. A saline or chemical solution is injected into the veins. This causes them to harden, so they no longer fill with blood. Blood that normally returns to the heart through these veins will now return through other veins. The veins that received the injection eventually shrivel and disappear, and the scar tissue is absorbed by the body.

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Robotic surgery or robotic-assisted surgery
: Similar to standard laparoscopic surgery, this newer technique allows a surgeon to control a robot that moves the surgical instruments.

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Minimally Invasive Procedures can help these diseases:

  • Varicose Veins (Venous Disease)

  • Vascular Disease (Peripheral Artery Disease)

  • Spinal Pain/Pain Management (Kyphoplasty)

  • Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (BPH)

  • Diabetes Care/Management

  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)

  • Cancer Management

  • Uterine Fibroid

MIMIT Health provides world class health care combined with minimally invasive treatments by industry-leading physicians and surgeons. Along with our best-in-class health care, we focus on our patients "living their best life" with healthy lifestyle strategies and wellness solutions.

If you have any questions about minimally invasive surgeries or would like to refer a patient, MIMIT Health can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at (708) 486-2600 or email info@mimithealth.com