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Minimally invasive surgery

Minimally invasive surgery is an effective surgical method that is less intrusive than traditional surgery. By using small incisions and instruments, we are able to create positive surgical outcomes that typically have minimal scarring, faster recovery times and shorter hospital stays.

Minimally invasive surgical care in San Antonio

There are many benefits to minimally invasive surgery, including less pain and shorter hospital stays.

If surgery is part of your treatment plan, we provide minimally invasive options at Methodist Healthcare, such as robot-assisted surgery. Using smaller incisions, this surgical approach usually results in reduced muscle damage, less blood loss and a shorter recovery period.

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Some minimally invasive procedures are performed with robotic technology that allows for more precise control. Other procedures can be done without robotic assistance.

For more information about our minimally invasive surgery options, please call the Methodist Healthcare HealthLine at (210) 575-0355.

Minimally invasive spine surgery

At Methodist Healthcare, our specialists in spine care perform minimally invasive spine surgeries using the latest technology. After small incisions are made, a tubular retractor system passes through those cuts and dilates muscle tissue back, creating a pathway to the spine without stripping away muscle.

This method allows neurosurgeons to see the spine with a surgical microscope. In addition to minimizing muscle tissue damage, direct visualization is another big advantage of this approach. This procedure also allows for:

  • Reduced muscle damage
  • Less pain
  • Less blood loss
  • Reduced risk of infection
  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Shorter recovery periods

Some patients are even discharged the day they have surgery.

Our neurosurgeons use advanced surgical techniques to treat a variety of conditions, including:

  • Spine surgery
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Herniated discs
  • Fractures
  • Tumors
  • Instability and deformity

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