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Also called robotic, endoscopic or laparoscopic surgery, minimally invasive surgical tools and techniques are transforming the nation's operating rooms, allowing surgeons to perform a wide range of surgeries through small keyhole-size incisions that require only a stitch or two to close, versus larger incisions required by open surgery.

For patients in Sarasota, minimally invasive surgery means less trauma to the body, less blood loss, less risk of infection, less pain and smaller surgical scars. People who undergo minimally invasive surgery at Sarasota Memorial typically have much shorter hospital stays and recovery periods – and return to normal activities faster than ever imagined 20 years ago.

At Sarasota Memorial, minimally invasive surgery is performed both on an inpatient (stay in the hospital) and outpatient (go home the same day) basis.

Sarasota Memorial’s minimally invasive surgery team consists of more than 200 general and specialty surgeons – the largest and most experienced in the region – offering multidisciplinary expertise that ranges from cardiac, thoracic and vascular surgery to urological, gynecologic and cancer procedures.

Advanced Tools & Techniques
From tiny, tube-like cameras that can look inside the body to imaging technology that provides real-time views in the operating room, surgeons have many tools to provide less invasive diagnostic and treatment options for patients.

Although techniques vary from procedure to procedure and among different surgical subspecialties, most minimally invasive surgical procedures employ miniature surgical instruments and video cameras inserted into the area of the body that requires treatment.

Using short incisions – as little as 1/3 of an inch – surgeons insert the cameras and specialized instruments through narrow tubes, or access ports, and maneuver them manually or by remote controls outside the body while viewing real-time images the camera sends out to a video monitor in the operating or procedure room.

woman and robotRobotic Surgery at Sarasota Memorial
Sarasota Memorial’s robotic surgery suites equip Sarasota’s minimally invasive surgeons with the latest tools and technology for robotic surgery and single incision surgery. Our robotic surgery suites are equipped with Intuitive Surgical's most advanced da Vinci robotic surgical systems – the da Vinci-S, Si and Xi, optimized for complex cancers and conditions. 

For more information or a referral to one of our minimally invasive surgeons, please contact our HealthLine physician referral team at (941) 917-7777.

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