Traditional "open" surgery usually involves making one large incision in the skin. However, in the last two decades or so, more and more doctors have become experts in minimally invasive surgery, in which surgery is performed through small incisions -- only a few millimeters in some cases -- using specialized instruments.
Although many surgical procedures are still performed the traditional way, minimally invasive surgery is gaining in popularity among both surgeons and patients for certain types of procedures, such as colon surgery and gastric bypass surgery.
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Does traditional surgery always involve making one large incision?
Traditional "open" surgery usually involves making one large incision in the skin. However, in the last two decades or so, more and more doctors have become experts in minimally invasive surgery, in which surgery is performed through small incisions -- only a few millimeters in some cases -- using specialized instruments.Because doctors perform the surgeries through small incisions, patients tend to experience less pain and recover faster than with traditional surgery.
Who is not a good candidate for minimally invasive surgery?
When deciding who is or is not a good candidate for minimally invasive surgery a doctor may consider several factors.
One is the type of surgery needed and whether or not that doctor is comfortable performing minimally invasive surgery for that procedure. Other factors to consider include how many previous surgeries a patient has had in that same part of the body and any complications during those surgeries, such as problems related to anesthesia or insufflation (blowing a gas into a body cavity during surgery).Minimally invasive procedures can mean less pain and quicker recovery for many patients, but they are not right for everyone. Doctors need to consider many factors to make sure that the surgical treatments their patients receive are the best options for them.
What is a urologic oncologist?
Urologic oncologists are medical doctors who diagnose and treat cancers of the male and female urinary tract and the male reproductive organs. This includes treating prostate, penile and testicular cancer in men and kidney and bladder cancer in women.
A urologic oncologist may be involved in finding out the type and extent of cancer. He or she may be involved in providing treatments such as chemotherapy. After treatment, a urologic oncologist provides follow-up care. He or she watches the progress of a person who has had cancer. If the person's cancer returns, this doctor resumes care for him or her.Urologic oncologists can be board-certified through the American Board of Urology. This group is recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties.
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