Minimally Invasive Surgery

Less Pain, Faster Recoveries

Minimally invasive technology and techniques are transforming the way many doctors perform surgery. In the past, open surgery was the only option available when doctors needed to see inside a patient’s body or remove or repair organs or tissue. Patients who have conventional open surgery typically face large incisions, significant hospital stays, lengthy recoveries and the risk of complications. That’s no longer the case. Today, surgeons make small incisions or “ports” and perform minimally invasive procedures whenever possible. These procedures can accomplish the same results as traditional surgery but can be much less traumatic to patients.

Now Offering Scarless Surgery

The Most Minimal of the Minimally Invasive Procedures

Dr. Bunch offers Single-Incision Laparoscopic Surgeries (SILS) which means even shorter healing times and eliminates visible surgical scars.This unique operation requires only a single incision in the bellybutton rather than the traditional four or more incisions in the abdomen for conventional laparoscopic surgeries.Using specialized tools developed for single-incision surgery, our surgeons perform surgery through a 1/2-inch incision in the bellybutton. The tools included a flexible camera and instruments to cut and suture.  At the end of the procedure, the surgeon simply removes the umbilical port and the natural shape and texture of the bellybutton hides any evidence of the surgical incision.We are now able to perform SILS cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal) in a comparable amount of time to the traditional laparoscopic procedure and with cosmetically superior and safe results. Fewer incisions can also mean faster recovery times, less risk for infection, less risk for bleeding, less pain and reduced costs due to less instrumentation being needed.Along with SILS cholecystectomy, we will soon be offering this scar less, single port technique for many other procedures including appendectomies, hernia repairs, weight-loss surgery, lysis of adhesions, anti-reflux procedures, gastrectomy and colectomy.

We Offer A Full Range of Minimally Invasive Procedures

At Bradenton Surgical Group, we offer a full range minimally invasive procedures that address problems in nearly every part the body. Here are some of the most common procedures they perform:

Abdominal surgery -

Traditional surgery to remove the gallbladder or appendix involves a large incision in the abdomen. Surgeons then open the body so they can see, dissect and remove the diseased organ. Now, doctors can make small incisions in the belly button and abdomen and use a tiny camera and instruments to view the surgical site and remove the organ through the belly button.

Colorectal surgery -

Many patients with colon diseases, including polyps, inflammatory bowel disease and diverticulitis, can avoid the large 8- to 10- inch incisions associated with open surgery by undergoing minimally invasive procedures. Doctors can use innovative techniques and tools to remove polyps or diseased portions of the colon.

Hemorrhoid surgery -

Some patients with hemorrhoids try to live with their discomfort because conventional surgery can be very painful. A new procedure called Procedure for Prolapse and Hemorrhoids (PPH) is less invasive and offers patients much more comfort. During PPH, doctors cut away some of the excess tissue that causes patients’ symptoms and use a special stapling device to lift and reposition tissue in the anal canal. PPH reduces blood flow to the hemorrhoids. Over a period of weeks, the hemorrhoids shrink and become less painful. As an added benefit, doctors can often remove all of a patient’s hemorrhoids during one PPH procedure. Surgeons can only remove a few hemorrhoids during traditional surgery so patients often need multiple surgeries.

Hernia surgery -

New minimally invasive techniques are improving the outlook for patients with abdominal or inguinal hernias. These hernias occur when the internal organs protrude through weaknesses in the abdominal wall or the groin area. Historically, patients with hernias often had open surgery so doctors could find and close the defect and reposition the organs. Patients who had bilateral hernias, or hernias on both sides of the body, usually needed two surgeries. Now, however, doctors can make small incisions in the abdomen, insert cameras into the openings, locate the hernia and use a mesh device to reinforce the weakened area. Doctors can often correct bilateral hernias during one minimally invasive procedure.

Adrenal surgery -

In the past, surgeons made incisions in the abdomen or back to reach the adrenal glands, which are located near the kidneys, and removed benign tumors or tumors related to Cushing’s syndrome. Now, doctors at Bradenton Surgical Group can use minimally invasive techniques and tools to remove these tumors.

Parathyroid surgery -

Doctors can perform a less invasive two-step procedure to remove parathyroid glands or tumors. During these procedures, patients are given a radioactive isotope dye, which is absorbed by the abnormal parathyroid gland. Surgeons then use a gamma probe to locate and remove the diseased gland. Doctors can make smaller incisions along the neckline when they perform minimally invasive parathyroid surgery.Traditional surgery requires a longer incision because doctors have to view all four parathyroid glands to visually identify the abnormal gland.