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The team at McLaren Macomb is backed by the power of a large network – a consortium of the top hospitals in the McLaren Health System. This means the staff has access to the most advanced equipment and information on new techniques.
In the Surgery Center, specialists are focusing on minimally invasive procedures that require a few tiny incisions.
Typically, the surgeon uses a laparoscope, a thin, lighted instrument with a tiny camera lens. This is inserted through a small incision and it projects a magnified view of the operative field onto a high-definition monitor.
Minimally invasive procedures are available for a variety of surgeries at McLaren Macomb. These include:
- Orthopedic repairs and diagnosis
- Gynecological procedures, such as sterilizations and endometrial ablations
- Urological procedures, including kidney stone and prostate procedures
- Ear, nose and throat surgeries
- Some general surgery, such as appendectomies
Robotics: In addition, surgeons use the da Vinci® robotic system, which allows even greater precision and better visualization than standard laparoscopy instruments – in most cases, the surgeon is able to see the anatomy more clearly than with the naked eye.
Surgeons operate from the robotic console, but are in control of the instruments and the procedure at all times. The robotic system does not function without the experienced surgeon at the helm.
Both options allow the surgeon to make much smaller incisions, so the result is less pain and scarring for the patient. Other benefits include less bleeding, less tissue damage and a lower risk of infection.
In most cases, the patient goes home the same day and is able to get back to normal activity much sooner.
Not all surgery is suitable for this kind of technique, but the range of options is increasing as technology continues to evolve. Currently, robotic techniques are available for many obstetrical and gynecological procedures
In addition, robotic techniques are available for many urological procedures, most commonly for removal of the prostate.