Minimally Invasive (Laparoscopic) Surgery

Whenever possible, NuHealth’s surgeons use the latest in laparoscopic (minimally invasive) surgical techniques when performing surgical procedures at Nassau University Medical Center.

Using small, “keyhole” incisions, specialized instruments and a sophisticated camera on a flexible tube (a laparoscope or endoscope), minimally invasive surgery has many advantages over traditional “open” surgical procedures, including:

  • Less Trauma — Patients who are poor candidates for open surgery may be able to receive vitally important treatments via laparoscopic methods.
  • Shorter Hospital Stays — Often, patients who might require nearly a week in the hospital following open surgery can go home in a day or two.
  • Reduced Infections — With fewer opportunities to enter the body, dangerous bacteria are less likely to cause post-operative infections — one of the most common complications of surgery.
  • Faster Healing — Smaller incisions take less time to heal. Surgeries that once required weeks or months of recovery before the patient could resume normal activities may only take days or weeks when performed laparoscopically.

Of course, not all surgery can be performed as minimally invasive procedures, and if complications arise, your surgeon may need to quickly turn a laparascopic procedure into full open surgery. No matter what, NuHealth’s surgical specialists will always attempt to do the procedure that is most likely to result in a positive outcome and the best possible patient experience.