Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS), also known as 'keyhole surgery’, is surgery done through small incisions.
It aims to achieve clinical outcomes comparable to those of conventional open surgery, while minimising the soft-tissue damage that is part of conventional techniques.
MIS uses specialised techniques and instruments like tiny cameras and sophisticated fibre-optic video equipment and sometimes image-guided, ultrasound or Computed Tomography (CT) technology to access the operative region. For some procedures, MIS has replaced the conventional open surgery technique as the standard operation.
Compared to conventional open surgery, MIS has the following potential benefits for patients:
It is important to recognise that MIS has limitations:
Our specialists at SGH will be able to provide more details should you need to discuss these.
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