Minimally invasive surgery is a procedure done through tiny openings rather than a large opening in the body. Patients who have minimally invasive surgery often leave the hospital earlier.¹
There are several types of minimally invasive surgery:
- Laparoscopy: surgery done through one or more small openings using small tubes and tiny video cameras and tools. This was one of the first types of minimally invasive surgery.
- Robotic surgery: surgery performed with robots controlled by the doctor. Robotic surgery often provides a 3D image of the surgery site and allows for accuracy, flexibility, and control.¹
In general, patients undergoing minimally invasive procedures are likely to:
- Have less pain and discomfort after the procedure
- Go home sooner
- Resume normal activity quicker
- Have less scarring.²
The NeuroBlate® System is classified as a minimally invasive surgery, a type requiring only a small opening in the body instead of a large opening.
Alternatives to minimally invasive surgery.
A craniotomy is the alternative to minimally invasive surgery for the treatment for brain lesions. A craniotomy is the surgical removal of part of the skull bone. The bone is replaced when the surgery is completed.