Minimally Invasive Surgery Specialist

Surgical Care of the Virginias

Frederick W. Barker, MD FACS

Breast and General Surgeon located in Bluefield, VA

When it comes to surgery, two words you probably want to hear are “minimally invasive.” Frederick Barker, MD, is a board-certified surgeon experienced with many of the latest minimally invasive surgical techniques, helping his Bluefield, VA/WV, area patients resolve their medical issues with the least amount of disruption. To learn more about the minimally invasive procedures Dr. Barker performs, please call us today or use the online scheduling to book an appointment.

Minimally Invasive Surgery Q & A

What is minimally invasive surgery?

Modern minimally invasive surgery was introduced in the 1980s and has since become a preferred surgical technique in many situations, as it may be a less invasive and less traumatic alternative to open surgery.

At the heart of minimally invasive surgery is Dr. Barker’s use of a specialized camera, which he inserts through an existing opening or a tiny incision. This camera delivers a high-definition view of your internal structures in real time, allowing him to fully view the area without the need for open surgery.

In addition to the camera there are specialized instruments which Allow Dr. Barker to perform surgery without the need of a large incision.

What conditions can be treated with minimally invasive surgery?

The applications of minimally invasive surgery are ever expanding as technological advances refine the tools with which the surgeon operates, including robotic assistance. Common minimally invasive surgeries include:

  • Hernia repair
  • Gallbladder surgery
  • Gynecologic surgery
  • Colon surgery
  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Thoracic surgery

You can learn more about the procedures Dr. Barker performs by opening the “Resources” tab of this web site and clicking on the procedure you’re interested to learn more about. Through minimally invasive surgical techniques, Dr. Barker can repair or remove diseased or damaged tissue, and even remove an entire organ (such as your gallbladder).

What are the benefits of minimally invasive surgery?

The benefits of a minimally invasive approach to surgery are myriad and include:

  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Less blood loss
  • Reduced risk of infection
  • Minimal scarring
  • Faster recovery

By minimizing the incisions and collateral tissue damage, minimally invasive surgery allows you to get the treatment you need while minimizing recovery time after the procedure.

Of course, surgery is still surgery, and following Dr. Barker’s aftercare instructions is imperative. Rest assured, he’s with you every step of the way, before, during, and after your surgical procedure, providing you with the guidance you need.

To learn more about your options in minimally invasive surgery, please call Dr. Barker’s office or schedule a consultation using the online booking tool.