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  • Minimally Invasive Procedures

    UW Health surgeons use minimally invasive surgical techniques whenever possible. Minimally invasive surgery offers many benefits to patients, including less pain, shorter hospital stays and a quicker return to the lifestyle to which they're accustomed.


    What types of minimally invasive surgery do we perform?


    Bariatric/Foregut Surgery

    Learn more about Bariatric/Weight Management Surgery and General Surgery at UW Health.


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    Cardiac/Cardiothoracic/Thoracic Surgery



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    Colorectal Surgery

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    Endocrine Surgery

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    Hand and Upper Extremity

    • Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release
    • Mini-open carpal tunnel release
    • Endoscopic cubital tunnel release
    • Wrist arthroscopy with arthroscopic debridement
    • Elbow arthroscopy with arthroscopic debridement
    • Shoulder arthroscopy with arthroscopic rotator cuff repair

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    Hepatobiliary Surgery

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    All aspects of neurosurgery use minimally invasive techniques, when appropriate.

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    Obstetrics and Gynecology


    Hysteroscopic uterine surgery for:

    • Biopsy or polyp removal
    • Ablation
    • Fibroid removal
    • Fallopian tube occlusion (sterilization)
    • Foreign body removal
    • Diagnostic
    • Adhesions
    • Division/resection of septum 

    Laparoscopic or robotic surgery for:

    • Fibroid Removal (Myomectomy)
    • Presacral neurectomy
    • Hysterectomy
    • Lesion removal
    • Ovarian cyst removal
    • Ovarian remnant removal
    • Vaginal suspension (sacral colpopexy)
    • Tube(s) and/or ovary(ies) removal
    • Tubal ligation/sterilization
    • Tubal opening/reconstruction (tubal reanastamosis)
    • Ectopic pregnancy (outside the uterus)
      • With/without removal of tube and/or ovary
    • Excision of endometriosis 

    Vaginal surgery for:

    • Pelvic repair (i.e., colpopexy, colporrhaphy, anterior/posterior repairs, etc.)
    • Incontinence
    • Hysterectomy
      • With or without tube(s) and/or ovary(ies)

    Laparoscopic, robotic or single-site surgery for the treatment of diagnosed or suspected cervical, uterine, vulvar or ovarian cancer as well as gestational trophoblastic disease:

    • Oophorectomy (or salpingo-oophorectomy)
    • Radical trachelectomy
    • Simple or radical hysterectomy
    • Lymph node dissection, lymph node debulking,  lymphadenectomy or sentinel lymph node biopsy
    • Cancer staging/debulking
    • Ovarian transposition (prior to radiation for maintenance of ovarian function)

    Learn more about Obstetrics and Gynecology at UW Health



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    • Percutaneous treatment of certain  bone and soft tissue tumors
    • Metastatic (cancerous) lesions to the long bones, spine and pelvis

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    Orthopedics/Sports Medicine

    • Hip surgery:
      • Repair, reconstruction and debridement of labral tears
      • Removal of bony impingement 
      • Tendon releases (iliopsoas)
      • Repair of hip abductor and hamstring muscle and tendon tears
      • Greater trochanteric bursectomy
      • Tendon lengthenings (iliotibial band)
      • Removal of loose intra-articular fragments ("loose bodies")
      • Reduction and internal fixation of acetabular lip fractures
      • Hip replacement
    • Shoulder surgery:
      • Rotator cuff repair
      • Shoulder stabilization and labral surgery
      • Acromioplasty and Mumford procedures
      • Bicep tenotomy and tenodesis
      • Removal of loose bodies
      • Synovial disorders of the shoulder
      • Shoulder infections
      • Subacromial decompression
      • Distal clavicle excision
      • Rotator cuff repair
    • Knee:
      • Meniscus surgery
      • ACL, PCL reconstruction
      • Cartilage restorative procedures
      • Synovial disorders of the knee
      • Removal of loose bodies
      • Knee infection
      • Knee replacement
      • Knee arthoscopy
      • Tibial spine avulsion fractures

    Learn more about Orthopedics and Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine at UW Health


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    Otolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery

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    Pediatric Surgery

    • Laparoscopic procedures:
      • Nissen fundoplication
      • Gastrostomy button insertion
      • Appendectomy
      • Cholecystectomy
      • Splenectomy
      • Adrenalectomy
      • Colectomy
      • Intestinal resection
      • Repair of intestinal atresia
      • Pullthrough for imperforate anus
      • Pullthrough for Hirschprung's disease
      • Diaphragmatic hernia repair
      • Resection of choledochal cyst
      • Ovarian procedures
    • Single-incision procedures:
      • Appendectomy
      • Cholecystectomy
      • Splenectomy
      • Ileo-cecal resections for Crohn's disease
    • Thoracoscopic procedures:
      • Pulmonary lobectomy
      • Lung resections and biopsy
      • Repair or tracheosophageal fistula
      • Esophageal procedures
      • Diaphragmatic hernia repair
      • Bronchogenic cyst resection
      • Esophageal duplication resection
      • Thymectomy
      • Tumor resection and biopsy

    Learn more about Pediatric Surgery at American Family Children's Hospital/UW Health



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    Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

    • Endoscopic migraine surgery/nerve decompression
    • Endoscopic Carpal tunnel surgery
    • Endoscopic craniofacial surgery
    • Cosmetic surgery that is minimally- or non-invasive: lasers, injections and liposuction
    • Percutaneous release of Dupuytren's contractures
    • Percutaneous release of trigger fingers
    • Arthroscopic repair of ulnar-sided wrist ligament injuries (TFCC)

    Learn more about Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at UW Health



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    Robotic Surgery

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    Spine Surgery

    • Spinal stenosis operations (laminectomy, laminoplasty, minimally invasive decompressions)
    • Anterior, lateral (XLIF, DLIF, LIF) and posterior spinal fusions
    • Artificial disc replacement (cervical disc arthroplasty)
    • Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion
    • Foraminotomy (cervical and lumbar)
    • Complex and revision spinal surgery
    • Microdiscectomy (usually an outpatient procedure)
    • Minimally invasive spinal fusion
    • Spinal deformity (scoliosis, kyphosis) correction and instrumentation
    • Stabilization of spinal trauma using minimally invasive techniques
    • Thoracoscopic spinal canal decompression
    • Decompression and stabilization of spinal tumors
    • CT-guided spinal instrumentation
    • X-Stop procedure

    Learn more about Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery and Spine Medicine at UW Health



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    Surgical Oncology

    • Robotic whipple  
    • Laparoscopic whipple
    • Distal pancreatectomies
    • Laparoscopic liver
    • Surgeries of the esophagus

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    • Laparoscopic peritoneal dialysis catheter placement
    • Laparoscopic lymphocele drainage
    • Laparoscopic nephrectomies for donors or for renal cell cancers
    • Laparoscopic liver resection
    • Laparoscopic cyst fenestration
    • Laparoscopic ablation for liver tumors
    • Robotic donor nephrectomy

    Learn more about Transplant at UW Health



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    Vascular Surgery


    We offer the full range of minimally invasive treatment for all vascular disorders.


    Learn more about Heart, Vascular and Thoracic Care at UW Health



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