Benefits of Minimally Invasive Surgical Techniques

The benefits of minimally invasive surgery include:

  • Small incisions
  • Small scars

Most patients also have

  • Less pain
  • Shorter hospital stay after surgery
  • Lower risk of infection
  • Lower risk of bleeding and blood transfusion
  • Shorter recovery time and faster return to normal activities/work

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 07/22/2019.

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