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Minimally invasive surgery, also known as laparoscopic or keyhole surgery, is performed with small incisions and gives patients a much faster recovery. Dr. Patricia Turner, a general surgeon at the University of Maryland Medical Center and assistant professor of surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, discusses the latest advances in minimally invasive surgery and says even some of the most complex operations can be done this way.
Speaking with Ellen Beth Levitt, she describes the wide range of procedures performed with only a few small incisions, including gallbladder removal, reflux surgery, hernia repairs, appendectomy, kidney removal from living kidney donors, removal of colon tumors, bariatric surgery, and for heart bypass and heart valve operations. Dr. Turner is part of the University of Maryland Minimally Invasive Surgery Center.
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