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  • Minimally Invasive Surgery: Questions to Ask Your Doctor

    Surgeons at UW Health in Madison, Wisconsin, perform minimally invasive surgery for patients whenever possible. But how do patients know if minimally-invasive surgery is right for them? These questions, to be discussed with their doctors, can help patients reach an informed decision.


    Questions to Ask Your Doctor

    • What is your experience with minimally invasive surgery?
    • How many of these procedures have you performed?
    • What is the success rate?
    • What are the potential complications?
    • What are the benefits?
    • What is your experience with this procedure done with open technique?
    • Do you present your work on minimally-invasive surgery at peer-reviewed scientific meetings and journals?
    • Are you fellowship trained in minimally-invasive surgery techniques?
    • What training have you had in minimally-invasive surgery?

    For Discussion: Is MIS right for me?


    All patients should be considered candidates for minimally invasive surgery. Though not all patients will ultimately have minimally invasive surgery, anyone eligible for open surgery without contraindications can be considered for minimally invasive surgery.