Your doctor may recommend minimally invasive, or laparoscopic surgery, depending on your condition.

How it works

During a minimally invasive procedure, the surgeon makes one or more small incisions (usually about a half-inch long) and inserts a tube through which the doctor can insert cameras and specially designed instruments to perform the surgery.

Compared to traditional open surgery, patients who undergo minimally invasive surgery often experience:

  • Less pain
  • Reduced blood loss
  • Faster recovery


Many different procedures can be performed laparoscopically. Some of the most common laparoscopic procedures remove the:

  • Gallbladder (cholecystectomy)
  • Colon (colectomy)
  • Uterus (hysterectomy)


Saint Luke’s offers minimally invasive surgery at: