University of Maryland Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) is widely recognized for making pioneering advances in this patient-friendly surgical approach. Our MIS surgeons, who are now using this approach for most operations, have performed many of the state of Maryland's first laparoscopic procedures. These include videoscopic cholecystectomy, pelvic lymph node dissection, vagotomy, hernia repair, colon resection, splenectomy and nephrectomy.
UM Medical Center surgeons are now performing a significant number of procedures using the minimally invasive approach. Click here to see a list and learn more about these surgeries.
MIS is also known as videoscopic surgery, laparoscopic surgery (laparoscopy) and "keyhole" surgery, because surgeons are now able to perform procedures through incisions (also called ports) as small as 1/16 of an inch. An endoscope or laparoscope -- a lighted tube with a magnifying camera -- is inserted through an incision, allowing surgeons to get a close-up view of the area. Specially designed surgical instruments are inserted through other incisions, which the surgeons use to perform the procedure.
MIS offers many advantages to the patients as compared to traditional surgery, due largely to the smaller incisions. These advantages include:
In addition to providing excellent service and care for our patients, it is important to us that our patients are informed patients. Through personal interaction, handouts and this Web site, we try to educate patients about the procedures they will undergo in terms they can understand.
MIS Extends Beyond Division of General and Oncologic Surgery
Our MIS surgical expertise extends beyond general surgery, as these procedures are intregrated into many clinical areas. These areas include the following:
We offer a wide range of MIS procedures in the clinical areas listed above. Having such a comprehensive and multidisciplinary MIS center puts us in a unique situation of being able to offer access to the latest in minimally invasive therapy to our patients across the clinical spectrum in new, cutting edge operating rooms.
As an academic medical center, one of our goals is to continue to be one of the top-ranked teaching programs in the country. To that end, we offer a comprehensive MIS fellowship program that includes both clinical and research components.
Innovation comes through research, which is another key component of our center. Our studies compare new minimally invasive techniques with traditional techniques in such areas as post-operative recovery and economic impact. Developments in new technologies, such as more sophisticted instrumentation and imaging techniques, are also part of our research focus.