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Minimally Invasive Surgery

More and more surgeons are looking to minimally invasive surgery options for their patients. In general, minimally invasive surgery offers patients many positive outcomes including less pain, shorter recovery time and shorter length of stay in the hospital.

Spartanburg Regional offers many options for minimally invasive surgery. Some include but are not limited to:

Robotic Surgery

Robotic Surgery is on the cutting edge of surgical care. At Spartanburg Regional’s Institute for Robotic Surgery, we are proud to have the most comprehensive robotic surgery program in the South. In fact, we are the only hospital in the South to perform a robotic endoscopic beating-heart surgery.

Laparoscopic Surgery

Laparoscopic surgery is used for many different types of surgery. With this type of surgery, a surgeon places a camera inside a patient’s body through several small incisions. This way, there is a smaller incision for the patient, but the surgeon can still see the way he or she could through a larger incision.

  • Laparoscopic Appendectomy: Appendicitis is a sudden inflammation of the appendix. If left untreated, it can burst causing infection and even death. An appendectomy is a procedure to remove the appendix.

  • Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy: This procedure is performed to remove the gallbladder.

  • Laparoscopic Colon Resection: Colon surgery was once considered highly invasive and required a long recovery time. Now, surgeons can perform the same procedure through a smaller incision to remove the diseased part of the bowel.

  • Laparoscopic Hernia Repair: A hernia is a defect in the abdominal wall causing muscles to bulge or tear. This results in a balloon-like sac which if a loop of intestines enters the sac can be extremely painful.

  • Laparoscopic Hysterectomy: A hysterectomy is the removal of a woman’s uterus. This procedure can also be done through the vagina.

  • Laparoscopic Liver Ablation: This procedure uses heat to attack a tumor and kill off cancer cells. Since healthier tissue can withstand the heat, this treatment can be directed to the tumor and not affect much of the surrounding tissue.

  • Laparoscopic Myomectomy: A myomectomy is the removal of fibroids in the uterus without removing the uterus itself.

  • Laparoscopic Nephrectomy: This is a surgical procedure to remove a diseased kidney.

  • Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication: This surgery is used to treat Acid Reflux (GERD) by wrapping a part of the stomach known as the gastric fundus around the lower esophagus. This prevents the flow of acids from the stomach into the esophagus and strengthens the valve between the esophagus and stomach, which stops acid from backing up into the esophagus as easily.

  • Laparoscopic Surgical Weight Loss: Both gastric bypass and LapBand® procedures are done laparoscopically.

  • Bronchoscopy: This procedure allows surgeons to look at a patient’s airway to examine the throat, larynx, trachea and lower airways. This is used to treat or diagnose a growth or object in the airway.

  • Endovascular Aortic Aneurysm Repair: A thoracic aortic aneurysm is an abnormal bulge in the wall of the aorta than can lead to serious or life-threatening complications. This is repaired by placing a stent graft in the diseased section of the aorta to divert blood around the aneurysm.

  • Mediastinoscopy: A surgical procedure to examine the inside of the upper chest between and in front of the lungs (mediastinum). This is done to check for lung problems such as inflammation, infection or cancer.

  • Video Assisted Thorascopy: This technique is used to treat and diagnose problems with the chest by inserting a fiber-optic camera into the chest through a small incision. This is a much easier way to see into the chest rather than through the traditional open approach.

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