Minimally Invasive and Standard Surgery
Lakewood Ranch Medical Center offers both inpatient and outpatient surgery using minimally invasive, robotic and open procedures. Care begins with the physicians, known for their surgical expertise, who diagnose the most appropriate treatment. Their timely and accurate diagnoses provide the foundation for successful surgeries and better recoveries.
To ensure high quality nursing care, a professional perioperative registered nurse is always present in each operating room. They assist in techniques that lower infection rates and help you heal faster.
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Fluorescence Imaging Technology
Lakewood Ranch Medical Center is the first in our community to offer fluorescence imaging technology designed to reduce complications for plastic, reconstructive and general surgery patients. The technology has high-definition video cameras that make it possible for surgeons to visualize blood flow in real time. This technology works by using a low-powered laser light source to stimulate a fluorescent imaging agent that is injected into the blood stream. The fluorescent agent binds to the proteins in blood and circulates through the body, enabling real-time visualization of blood flow through vessels and into tissue.
Adequate blood supply is important to the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to tissue. With advanced imaging, surgeons have a way to see beyond the limits of the human eye to visually assess blood flow in skin flaps and tissue in real time.
Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery
In the past, open surgery was the only option available to surgeons when they needed to see inside a patient's body or remove or repair an organ. Today, minimally invasive technology completely changes the way doctors approach patient care.
Previously, having surgery meant spending several days in a hospital and weeks in recovery, leaving you with lengthy scars. With minimally invasive surgery, surgeons use advanced technology to make small, pencil-sized holes in the body while video equipment provides a magnified view of the surgical site. Surgeons perform the surgery through these incisions so patients often experience smaller scars and faster recoveries.
Physicians at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center are recognized for their expertise in performing and developing sophisticated minimally invasive techniques.
Service areas include:
- Cardiovascular surgery
- Ear, nose and throat surgery
- Gastrointestinal surgery
- General surgery
- Gynecological surgery
- High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) for prostate cancer >
- Joint replacement surgery
- Orthopedic surgery
- Neurological surgery
- Sports medicine surgery
- Plastic and reconstructive surgery
- Podiatric surgery
- Spine surgery
- Thoracic surgery
- Urological surgery
- Weight-loss surgery
Minimally invasive surgical techniques may be utilized for procedures involving the appendix, gallbladder, intestine, endometrium and other organs.
Compared with traditional surgery, minimally invasive surgery may offer many advantages:
- Smaller incisions resulting in reduced pain and discomfort
- Minimal scarring
- Greater surgical precision
- Enhanced visualization of the surgical site
- Less trauma
- Fewer complications
- Less blood loss and a decreased need for blood transfusions
- Reduced risk of infection
- Shorter hospital stays
- Faster recoveries
Even with minimally invasive procedures, surgeons can have difficulty accessing desired areas of the body at times and their range of motions may be limited because of the techniques used. Robotic surgery, which uses 3D rotation and magnification tools, solves these issues by giving surgeons greater access to confined spaces of the body.
Robotic surgery options at Lakewood Ranch Medical include:
- General surgery
- Gynecologic surgery
- Urology surgery
Individual results may vary. There are risks associated with any surgical procedure. Talk with your doctor about these risks to find out if minimally invasive surgery is right for you.
Patient Story: Linda Schneider
Linda Schneider had breast reconstruction surgery at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center after being diagnosed with breast cancer. Watch the video to hear her story:
From minor procedures for abnormal menstrual bleeding and permanent birth control, to major surgical procedures including hysterectomy, the Women's Center at LWRMC offers women of all ages surgical treatment that best meets each individual's needs. Inpatient and outpatient procedures are delivered by an experienced, compassionate team of medical professionals in a soothing, private setting.
Spine and Joint Surgery
Comprehensive care and advanced treatments for patients with spinal conditions are offered at the Orthopaedic Spine and Joint Center at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center. Different approaches and surgical techniques can be performed for spinal conditions.
The type of surgery performed is based on the physical findings at examination, the response to therapy, length of symptoms, results of imaging studies and response to diagnostic testing.
The surgeon will assess which option will be best for your particular circumstance and discuss the risks and benefits of the procedure with you.
For more information, please call 941-782-2279.