Let's face it; no one looks forward to surgery. But in the last three decades, a surgical revolution has spread around the globe, thanks to the increasing use of minimally invasive surgical techniques.

While physicians began dabbling with the concept of minimally invasive surgery more than 200 years ago, it wasn’t until the late 1980s that it gained real momentum.

Minimally invasive surgery, also called laparoscopic surgery, utilizes a series of tiny incisions, which are used to insert instruments and a small fiber optic camera into the body cavity. It is through these incisions that the entire operation is performed.

“It is a tremendous advantage for physicians to be able to accomplish the same surgical goals utilizing a few tiny incisions as we used to by making a single, seven or eight inch incision, called an open surgery” said Aaron Hoffman, MD, medical director, Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery at Buffalo General Medical Center.

Our experience is anything but minimal

“Here at Buffalo General Medical Center, we’re fortunate to have a team of exceptionally trained physicians who have decades of experience in performing a wide spectrum of laparoscopic surgeries,” said Hoffman.

In fact, the physicians at the Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery perform thousands of laparoscopic surgeries each year. Concentrating in abdominal surgeries, the Center specializes in surgeries to treat hernias, acid reflux, gallbladder and colorectal diseases just to name a few. The Center is also home to a highly successful weight-loss surgery program which focuses primarily on three kinds of procedures; the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, the Lap-Band, and the sleeve gastrectomy. “Recovery from gastric bypass used to be a very painful and prolonged process for patients,” said Alan Posner, MD. “But with 99 percent of our weight-loss surgeries now being done minimally invasively, it’s much easier on the patient.”

Our technology is anything but minimal

According to John Butsch, MD, “One of the most exciting additions to the field of minimally invasive surgery is the use of robotics. In robotic surgery, the surgeon sits at a control console where a 3-D, high definition monitor displays a magnified view of the surgical field. The robot is positioned over the patient and controlled entirely by the surgeon’s movements from the console. Because the robot is computerized, it provides far greater precision, flexibility and control than a human hand. The surgeon is in complete control of the robot and its movements at all times.”

Our results are anything but minimal

“Minimally invasive surgery offers many important advantages to the patient,” said Hoffman. “The recovery time is a lot shorter, there’s less pain, lower risk of infection and complications, reduced blood loss and less scarring. And because it is less traumatic for the body, depending on the surgery, patients can often go home the same day. It really is a much better experience than a traditional, open surgery.

For more information on the Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery at Buffalo General Medical Center, please call 859-1168.

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