Some of our minimally invasive procedures include:
Surgeons control robotic “arms” during surgery, giving them greater control, precision and visibility. Tools used during robotic surgery allow for minimal incisions and greater overall dexterity of the surgeon’s hands. At OU Medicine, our surgeons use the da Vinci® Surgical System – equipped with a 3D high-definition vision system and EndoWrist instrumentation, which extends the range of motion of the surgeon’s hands as well.
A small, flexible tube equipped with a light and camera lens (called a laparoscope) is used to examine organs and check for abnormalities. This procedure can be used to examine the inside of the body without making a large incision, or to take tissue samples for further testing.
Similar to laparoscopy, endoscopy utilizes a small, flexible tube with a light and camera lens (called an endoscope) to look inside the hollow organs of the digestive tract, as well as take tissue samples when necessary for testing. If surgical procedures are necessary, small instruments can be attached to perform the procedure without a large incision. Endoscopic procedures are typically used on conditions that involve the gastrointestinal tract, esophagus, intestines and colon.
A flexible fiber-optic cable (called a bronchoscope) is placed into the windpipe, enabling surgeons to view and examine the bronchi and evaluate possible lung conditions or blockages. This procedure can also be used to obtain tissue samples or help remove a foreign body.
For patients with pulmonary disease and some heart and chest conditions, surgeons insert a thin, flexible tube (called a thoracoscope), equipped with fiber-optic cables, through a small incision in the chest. The tube enables the surgeon to examine the lungs, mediastinum and pleura and make a diagnosis or obtain tissues or samples for further testing. If surgical procedures are necessary, small instruments can be attached to perform the procedure without a large incision.