Until recently, all surgeries were performed the same way. A large incision was made, and surgeons could easily see and access the organs in need of repair. This provided great results, but often left sizable scars and required long recovery periods. With the arrival of minimally invasive surgical techniques, the surgery world has changed for the better.
Though not appropriate in all situations, minimally invasive surgery offers superb end results, reduces your risk for complications and post-operative pain and lets you get back to life fast.
The two most common types of minimally invasive surgery our surgeons offer are laparoscopic surgery and robotic-assisted surgery using the da Vinci surgical system.
During laparoscopic surgery, multiple small incisions are used instead of a single large incision. A thin tube with a small video camera on the end, known as a laparoscope, is inserted through one of these holes and gives the surgeon a better view of the area being operated on.
Once the surgeon has a clear view of the surgical site, he or she uses small, specially designed tools to perform the work. Upon completion of the procedure, the incisions are closed and you’re often able to return to life in a matter of days.
In 2005, MultiCare surgeons became the first in Tacoma to perform minimally invasive, robotic-assisted surgery. Since then, our surgeons have turned to robotic-assisted surgery more than any other surgeons in the South Sound region, performing more than 2,500 robotic-assisted surgeries. These surgeries make use of da Vinci Surgical System®.
With da Vinci, the surgeon has a three-dimensional view of the surgical area. Using joysticks, the surgeon guides the da Vinci’s robotic arms to the site. With superior range of motion and precision, the technology allows surgery to be performed without affecting neighboring organs. This means even better end results and often a faster recovery for patients.
Transanal Minimally Invasive Surgery (TAMIS)
MultiCare also offers Transanal minimally invasive surgery (TAMIS), which is a minimally invasive procedure to remove benign polyps and cancerous tumors within the rectum and lower colon. The TAMIS procedure is performed through the rectum, eliminating the need for incisions, and offers a faster recovery period.
At MultiCare, an array of laparoscopic or robotic-assisted surgeries are available, including the following:
Through the years, MultiCare surgeons have been on the forefront of minimally invasive surgery. Thanks to their leadership, 90% of hysterectomies across the U.S. are minimally invasive. Additionally, MultiCare surgeons pioneered innovative, minimally invasive surgical solutions for GERD.
Surgeons at MultiCare are so respected for their work in minimally invasive surgery that they provide fellowship training. Through the MIS Fellowship, surgeons learn how to use minimally invasive techniques and tools for optimal outcomes.
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MultiCare has a unique history and expertise in robotic-assisted surgery. MultiCare surgeons led the nation in lowering the open hysterectomy surgery rate to less than 10 percent, and MultiCare surgeons have pioneered minimally invasive techniques in surgical solutions to gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
Since 2005, when we were the first to perform robotic-assisted minimally invasive surgeries in Tacoma, our surgeons have performed more than 2,500 such procedures. That puts our level of experience high above other surgeons in the South Sound region.