Minimally Invasive Surgery
Technological advances now allow surgeons to perform many procedures laparoscopically. At NorthShore University HealthSystem, physicians with advanced training perform laparoscopic surgery on a daily basis. Our combined level of expertise is unrivaled in the Midwest.
Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) offers man benefits over traditional techniques, including:
- Less pain
- Shorter hosptial stays
- Quicker return to normal activities
- Minimal scarring
- Reduced recovery time
- Less injury to tissue
During laparoscopic surgery, patients are given an anesthetic and medications through an IV tube. The abdomen is inflated with carbon dioxide gas, which allows the doctor to see better into the body. The gas is removed after surgery. Next, several small incisions are made and thin instruments, including a laparoscope, are inserted into the inflated cavity. Equipped with a small light and a camera. The camera lets your doctor see into the body. Other instruments are inserted through the small incisions and used to remove the effected tissue or organ. Minimally invasive surgery usually takes only 1 to 2 hours.
Some of the conditions now treated laparoscopically are:
- Benign conditions of the gallbladder including gallstone disease
- Certain types of hernias including paraesophageal, ventral and inguinal
- Anti-reflux procedures
- Bowel resection for tumors
- Solid organ diseases including liver resection, pancreas resection, and splenectomy
- Bariatric procedures for weight loss and treatment of diabetes and other obesity-related conditions
Other conditions can be treated laparoscopically. To determine if you are a candidate for a minimally invasive procedure, please speak with your general surgeon.
Minimally Invasive Surgeons:
Michael B. Ujiki, MD (MIS Program Director)
John G. Linn, MD
Stephen P. Haggerty, MD
Ervin "Woody" Denham, MD