Minimally Invasive Surgery

Nebraska Medicine is pioneering new and innovative minimally invasive surgical procedures that are making surgery less demanding and more comfortable to the patient. Advances in technology have led to a dramatic increase in the ability to treat a variety of conditions using minimally invasive procedures.

Patient Guides

Why Come to Nebraska Medicine for Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgeries:

Many surgeries can now be performed using small incisions that can be closed with a few stitches. Using specialized techniques such as miniature cameras with microscopes, tiny fiber optic lights and high definition monitors, surgeons can correct many problems without requiring the patient to undergo major surgery or large incisions. Minimally invasive surgery is performed both on an inpatient (stay in the hospital) and outpatient (go home the same day) basis. Minimally invasive procedures offer patients many benefits including:

  • Less pain
  • Less blood loss
  • Less risk of infection
  • Small incisions
  • Less operative time
  • Quicker return to normal activity
  • Fewer complications
  • Reduced risk of herniation or wound separation

A Few of the Conditions We Treat with Minimally Invasive and Robotic surgeries:

  • Adrenal gland removal
  • Acid Reflux surgery
  • Gallstone removal
  • Cancers
  • Diverticulosis
  • Hernia repair
  • Spine surgery
  • Spleen removal
  • Weight loss surgery
  • Obstetrics & Gynecological surgeries
  • Heart surgery
  • Lung surgery
  • Ovarian cysts and cancer
  • Prostatectomy
  • Hysterectomy
  • Appendix

Leaders in Robotic Surgery

While minimally-invasive surgeries describe procedures that involve cutting holes no larger than a dime, and then inserting small tools, robotic surgery is unique in that it describes surgeries that involve a surgeon sitting in front of a computer and using hand controls to move the robot.

Through 3-D visualization the surgeon is able to perform intricate tasks through small ports about the size of a dime as opposed to a large incision. For the patient, this means improved outcomes, fewer complications, less recovery time and less discomfort after surgery. Robotics is being used to treat patients in a wide variety of specialties including cardio-thoracic, urology, transplant, gynecology and general surgery.

Nebraska Medicine is one of the nation’s leaders in the use of robotic surgery. The robotic surgical system combines robotics and computer-enhanced technology with the skill and expertise of our doctors to provide patients a minimally invasive alternative to surgery that is more accurate and precise than ever before.

Our Expertise and Experience

Doctors at Nebraska Medicine have published papers about how to perfect minimally invasive procedures and make them safer for our patients. Because of our findings, centers around the country have changed how they perform these procedures. Our expertise and advanced training prevent possible complications from hernia surgery.

A Team Approach

To provide you with the most accurate and comprehensive care, our doctors from a variety of specialties collaborate to ensure we have exhausted all possible diagnoses and treatment options.