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Variety of techniques used in minimally invasive surgery

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Variety of techniques used in minimally invasive surgery

In minimally invasive surgery, surgeons use a variety of techniques to operate with less damage to the body than with open surgery. In general, minimally invasive surgery is associated with less pain, a shorter hospital stay and fewer complications.

Laparoscopy — surgery done through one or more small incisions, using small tubes and tiny cameras and surgical instruments — was one of the first types of minimally invasive surgery. Another type of minimally invasive surgery is robotic surgery. It provides a magnified, 3-D view of the surgical site and helps the surgeon operate with precision, flexibility and control.

Types of minimally invasive surgery at King's Daughters:

Heart, lungs & respiratory system

  • Video-Assisted Thoracoscopy (VATS)
  • Mediastinoscopy
  • Saphenous vein harvest, radial artery harvest: Related to coronary bypass surgery


  • Laparoscopic cholecystectomy (gallbladder)
  • Laparoscopic colectomy (colon/large intestine)
  • Laparoscopic assisted vaginal hysterectomy
  • Urolift prostate procedures
  • Laparoscopic tubal banding
  • TURP – Transurethral resection of the prostate
  • TURBT – Transurethral resection bladder tumor
  • Robotic-assisted splenectomy
  • Bladder slings
  • Robotic-assisted prostatectomies
  • Robotic-assisted hysterectomies
  • Robotic-assisted nephrectomies
  • Robotic-assisted Nissens/hiatal hernia repair

Nervous System

  • Endoscopic carpal tunnel release


  • Anterior-approach total hip replacement
  • Arthroscopic ACL repair
  • Hip/Knee arthroscopies
  • Microdiscetomies
  • Rotator cuff repair
  • Ankle arthroscopy
  • Elbow arthroscopy

Head and Neck

  • Endoscopic sinus surgery
  • Myringotomy (ear tubes)
  • Tymphanoplasty
  • Mastoidectomy
  • Parotidectomy
  • Thyroidectomy
  • Parathyroidectomy
  • Septoplasty
  • Tonsillectomy & Adenoidectomy


  • Laparoscopic hernia repairs – inguinal, umbilical, incisional, incarcerated

Surgical Weight Loss

  • Robotic assisted gastric sleeves
  • Laparoscopic gastric sleeves

Talk with your primary care provider or if you don't have one, call King's Daughters Care 24/7 at (606) 408-8999 or 1-844-324-2200.