Minimally Invasive Techniques

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A Minimally Invasive approach to patient care.

Surgical Specialists of Ocala choose to use the safest and least invasive techniques possible. The Ocala surgeons perform hundreds of minimally invasive procedures each year using video-assisted and robot-assisted approaches.

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The TCAR Procedure assist patients with carotid artery stenosis with the placement of a stent and balloon to decrease the amount of blockage the patient has at the time. It is done to help a patient avoid a stroke.

Laparoscopic Surgery

Laparoscopic surgery is also called minimally invasive surgery, keyhole surgery or bandaid surgery. Laparoscopic procedures can be performed using small incisions of around 0.5 to 1.5 cm that can be made far away from the surgical site. Small, thin surgical instruments can then be passed through the incision and threaded through to the operational site. The whole procedure is carried out using a laparoscope which is a small tube with a camera at the tip that can be used to relay images from inside the body to a TV monitor.

Laparoscopic surgery is commonly used in the diagnosis of a wide range of abdominal and pelvic conditions. It is also widely used to carry out surgical procedures such as the removal of diseased or damaged tissue and biopsies. The procedure is most commonly used in the study and treatment of the female reproductive system (gynecology), followed by conditions of the digestive system (gastroenterology), hernia repair and conditions affecting the urinary system (urology).

Some of the main advantages of laparoscopic surgery over traditional open surgery are described below:

The main laparoscopic procedure involves the following steps:

Once the operation is finished, the gas is expelled from the abdomen and the incision is closed using stitches.

General Surgery

Robotic Surgery

Robotic surgery is performed using the da Vinci Surgical System.

This sophisticated robotic approach, like VATS, gives the surgeon access inside the chest cavity through tiny incisions. The surgeon controls the robot’s movements from a nearby console in the operating room. The robotic system provides improved visualization (using three-dimensional technology), better access to mediastinal tissues, and improved ability to remove lymph nodes as part of a cancer operation.

The use of these techniques is evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Our Ocala surgeons choose the best approach for each patient, taking into account many factors, such as the patient’s particular condition, medical history and anatomy.

Video -Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS)

Video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) involves insertion of a long, thin tube (called a thoracoscope) through a small incision, or port. The thoracoscope’s miniature camera allows the surgeon to view and examine the chest cavity. Additional specially designed instruments inserted through one or two more ports enable the surgeon to remove tissue. For more extensive operations, such as lung resection for cancer, an extra incision measuring about 5 centimeters is made for the removal of the lung tissue.

Comprehensive Vein Care

The Vein Center of Ocala uses the latest technology and least invasive procedures possible to repair and optimize the function of your veins. It’s not about vanity, it’s about vitality. What you see on the outside means correction is needed on the inside. The Vein Center of Ocala can help.

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