When it comes to surgery, two words you probably want to hear are “minimally invasive.” Frederick W. Barker, MD FACS, is a board-certified general surgeon experienced with many of the latest minimally invasive surgical techniques to help his Bluefield, VA/WV area patients resolve their surgical issues as quickly and painlessly as possible.with the least amount of disruption.
Minimally Invasive Surgery Q & A
What is minimally invasive surgery?
Modern minimally invasive surgery was introduced in the late 1980s and early 90’s. It has since become a preferred surgical technique in many situations, because it may be a less invasive and less traumatic alternative to open surgery.
At the heart of minimally invasive surgery is the use of a specialized camera, and special instruments which allow the surgeon to perform surgery without the need of a large incision.
The applications of minimally invasive surgery are ever expanding, as technological advances refine the tools with which the surgeon operates, and new techniques are developed. Robotic assistance is one such example. Minimally invasive techniques have been adapted to these and other surgeries:
- Hernia surgery
- 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.
What are the benefits of minimally invasive surgery?
There are many benefits of a minimally invasive approach to surgery. They may include:
- Shorter hospital stay
- Less blood loss
- Reduced risk of infection
- Minimal scarring
- Faster recovery
However, minimally invasive surgery is not always the best approach. In the final analysis, each surgeon must decide which approach is safest for the patient in his/her hands.
To learn more about your options for minimally invasive surgery, please call Dr. Barker’s office or schedule a consultation or telemedicine consult using the online tool.