Minimally Invasive Surgery
Minimally invasive surgery involves using advanced, specially designed instruments to perform sophisticated surgery through small incisions in the body or a natural orifice. In many cases, these modern techniques are replacing traditional open surgery completely. At Montefiore, we offer expertise in laparoscopic, endoluminal, robotic, and incisionless surgery options. Our team of highly skilled, board certified surgeons are dedicated to providing exceptional care to our patients through advanced techniques that reduces the impact to their lives.
Benefits of Minimally Invasive Surgery
Minimally invasive surgery eliminates the need for a long, conventional incision that often cuts through large amounts of skin and muscle. There is significant reduction in blood loss, scarring and pain, which means less pain medication. Hospital stay, recovery and rehabilitation time are also drastically reduced and patients can expect to return to their normal activities in a matter of days.
Always at the forefront of cutting-edge solutions, our expert physicians have begun offering natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery (NOTES) to relieve gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) for patients who would otherwise be on medication their entire lives. "This procedure represents the next step in the evolution of surgery, which can greatly enhance the quality of life for people who suffer from acid reflux," said Diego Camacho, MD, Director of Minimally Invasive and Laparoscopic Surgery at Montefiore and one of only a small number of surgeons performing this surgery in the U.S. since it was approved by the FDA.
In addition to excellent patient care and cutting edge research, Montefiore provides extensive clinical education and training. Throughout the year, the Montefiore Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery offers structured didactic and practical courses in all aspects of minimally invasive surgery, providing instruction to surgeons-in-training, as well as those already in practice.
Common conditions treated with minimally invasive techniques include:
- Gastroesophagel Reflux Disease (GERD)/Heartburn
- Morbid Obesity
- Esophageal Disorders/Achalasia
- Diverticular/Colon & Rectal Disease
- Disease of the appendix/appendicitis