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Minimally Invasive Surgery

Today many surgical procedures—including those for cancer—can be done utilizing sophisticated instruments. Laparoscopic surgery involves placing a fiber-optic tube equipped with a light and a small camera into the abdomen through one or more small incisions. A laparoscopic surgical procedure is performing using small agile instruments that are also passed through the tube.

If the scope is placed into the chest, this type of surgery is known as a "thoracoscopy."

While laparoscopic surgery is not appropriate for all patients or all surgical procedures, there are several advantages to be gained with this minimally invasive approach:

  • Faster healing and recovery
  • Less bleeding and a lower risk of complications
  • Less post-surgical pain, because the incisions are smaller