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Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery
How does minimally invasive surgery work?

CoupleThe surgeon will make a small (1/4”-1/2”) incision to deliver a harmless gas into the body, which will expand the area so the physician has more space to work. Another small incision is made and a tiny rod is inserted into the body, which has a light and camera attached to it. The camera will transmit the image onto a television screen and magnify the internal surgical field to maximize the surgeon’s range of view and precision. The surgeon will then make two or three additional small incisions to accommodate the long thin surgical instruments necessary to perform the surgery.