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Minimally Invasive Surgery

Minimally invasive surgery, also known as laparoscopic surgery, allows Karmanos physicians to perform many types of surgical procedures through tiny incisions, which are less traumatic on a patient’s body compared to traditional surgery.

How Minimally Invasive Surgery Works

Rather than completely opening up a patient’s body to perform surgery, Karmanos physicians perform the same procedure through small incisions. Once the incisions are created, the physician inserts thin tubes called laparoscopic ports. Then a miniature camera (laparoscope) is placed through one of the ports, allowing the surgical team to view the procedure as a magnified image on video monitors in the operating room. Specialized instruments are then placed through other ports to perform the procedures.   

Patient Benefits

  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Quicker recovery
  • Less pain and scarring
  • Reduction of post-surgical complications

Cancers Treated 

Minimally invasive surgery is used to treat a wide range of cancers including:
  • Colorectal
  • Gynecologic
  • Larynx
  • Pharynx
  • Stomach
  • Thoracic (lung)
  • Thyroid
  • Urologic (kidney, bladder, prostate)

Karmanos Physicians Trained in Minimally Invasive Surgery

Steve Kim, M.D.

Michael L. Cher, M.D.
Steven Lucas, M.D.
Jeffrey Triest, M.D.

Robert Morris, M.D.
Leigh Ann Solomon, M.D.
Shelly Seward, M.D.

Head & Neck 
Adam Folbe, M.D.
John Jacobs, M.D.
Ho-Sheng Lin, M.D.
George Yoo , M.D.

Frank Baciewicz, Jr., M.D.
Mohammad A. Jahania, M.D.

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