Minimally Invasive Surgery

Earl McAllister, MD, FACS

Board Certified General Surgeon located in Tampa, FL

Minimally invasive surgery is an option for most patients needing abdominal surgery. Even the most complex procedures can be performed using minimally invasive techniques when you choose Earl McAllister, MD, FACS. Dr. McAllister has years of experience performing minimally invasive surgery, deep knowledge of your medical condition, and a dedication to providing personalized care before, during, and after your surgery. To learn whether your condition may be treated with a minimally invasive procedure, call Florida Medical Clinic in Tampa, Florida, or book an appointment online.

Minimally Invasive Surgery Q & A

What is minimally invasive surgery?

Minimally invasive surgery uses a few small incisions about one-quarter to one-half inch in length, rather than the one long incision required by traditional open surgery. Your surgery is then performed with specialized instruments contained in long, narrow tubes that easily fit through the incisions.

The most important tool for minimally invasive surgery is an endoscope, which contains a video camera and fiber-optic lighting. Endoscopes come in different types that are used to treat different body parts. For example, a colonoscope is used for the large intestine, while a laparoscope is used during abdominal surgery.

The endoscope transmits a magnified view from inside your body and displays it on a monitor. Dr. McAllister performs your surgery by watching the monitor while manipulating the tools from outside your body.

What is minimally invasive robotic surgery?

Dr. McAllister also performs minimally invasive surgery using the da Vinci® Surgical System. The basics are the same as minimally invasive surgery; robotic surgery utilizes small incisions and long, narrow tools.

The difference with robotic surgery is that Dr. McAllister uses highly sensitive controls on his hands and fingers to control the surgical tools that are held by robotic arms. The advanced technology in the robotic arms allows a greater range of motion and more precise surgery than can be accomplished with the human hand.

What health conditions are treated with minimally invasive surgery?

Nearly any type of abdominal condition that was once treated with open surgery can now be done using minimally invasive techniques. Dr. McAllister has extensive experience using minimally invasive surgery to treat numerous conditions, such as hernias, acid reflux, gallstones, cholecystitis, and inflammatory bowel disease. Colon and rectal cancers may also be removed using this type of procedure.

What are the benefits of minimally invasive surgery?

Every type of surgery puts a lot of stress on your body, but minimally invasive procedures cause significantly less trauma. Small incisions cut less tissue, which helps to spare muscles while using narrow surgical tools to perform the surgery minimizes damage to the surrounding tissues.

The overall benefits include:

  • Faster recovery
  • Less bleeding during surgery
  • Minimal pain after surgery
  • Quicker return to normal activities
  • Shorter hospital stay or outpatient surgery
  • Less damage to muscles and surrounding tissues

Small incisions also mean that your scarring is minimal. Depending on the surgery, scars may be barely noticeable.

When you face a decision about surgery, call Florida Medical Clinic, or book a consultation online to learn whether you’re a good candidate for minimally invasive surgery.