Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) for Adults
Q & A with Dr. Anthony Canfield
MIS Surgeon at P/SL
1601 E 19th Ave #6000, Denver, CO 80218
Q: When is minimally invasive surgery better than traditional surgery?
A: When the same operation can be done with a few small incisions, healing is quicker and easier.
Q: What are the advantages of endoscopic surgery?
A: Magnified high definition images enable very precise and delicate surgery.
Q: What questions should patients ask their surgeon about this approach?
A: Can my procedure be done with minimally invasive techniques, are the technical skills and equipment available to provide this type of surgery.
Q: What is your training?
A: I learned minimally invasive surgery in my Surgical Residency and have worked extensively in Minimally Invasive Surgery for the past 18 years.
Q: If MIS a "minor" surgery, does it require general anesthesia in every case?
A: Most abdominal Minimally Invasive procedures do require General Anesthesia but since we use local anesthesia and small incisions, less General Anesthesia is required.
Q: There are several terms for this type of surgery used- endoscopic, laparoscopic, minimally invasive - what are the differences in these medical terms, if any?
A: Endoscopic usually refers to scopes that look at the inside of the stomach and colon, this is usually done with sedation. Laparoscopic generally involves a scope that is placed through a small port into the abdomen, Minimally invasive is similar to laparoscopic but may involve even smaller incisions.
Q: What surgeries do you perform using the MIS approach?
- Laparoscopic Nissen
- Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplications
- Laparoscopic Colectomy
- Laparoscopic Splenectomy
- Laparoscopic and Preperitoneal Hernia Repair
- Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy
- Laparoscopic Common Bile Duct Exploration
- Laparoscopic Appendectomy
- Thoracoscopic Pleurodesis
- Breast Surgery
- Sentinal Lymph Node Biopsy
- Complex Abdominal Wall Hernia repairs