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Minimally Invasive Surgery

With improvements in technology and advanced physician training, many surgeries at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare can now be performed using minimally invasive techniques. Our team of medical experts looks for the surgical option best suited to your specific needs.

Surgery with Less Pain & Faster Recovery

Minimally invasive surgery—sometimes known as laparoscopic or arthroscopic surgery—is performed through tiny incisions rather than through a large, open incision and frequently uses endoscopes—a long thin tube with a lighted camera at its tip. Robotic surgery is also a form of minimally invasive surgery.

The benefits of minimally invasive surgery are significant, including: 

  • Less post-operative pain
  • Less scarring 
  • Shorter hospital stay 
  • Faster recovery
  • Better overall outcomes in many cases

How Does Minimally Invasive Surgery Work?

In minimally invasive procedures, a surgeon will insert an endoscope through a small incision. The camera sends a two-dimensional image of the surgical site to a high-definition monitor, which the surgeon watches throughout the operation.

Specially designed surgical instruments are placed through the original cut or through other small incisions and allow the surgeon to cut, stitch, cauterize and perform other tasks with minimal damage to skin, muscles and organs.

Minimally Invasive Procedures We Offer

Our physicians perform a wide range of minimally invasive procedures for many areas of the body, including:

  • Abdomen
  • Bowel
  • Brain
  • Breast
  • Colon
  • Ears, nose and throat
  • Eyes
  • Esophagus
  • Gall bladder
  • Heart
  • Intestine
  • Joints - hips and knees
  • Kidney
  • Liver
  • Lung
  • Pancreas
  • Plastic and reconstructive surgery
  • Prostate
  • Reproductive organs
  • Stomach
  • Urologic system
  • Veins

Learn more about robotic surgical innovations available at Wheaton.

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