Minimally Invasive Surgery

This information is useful for children, adults, and older adults
Doctor and patient, perhaps discussing minimally invasive surgery
Why Yale Medicine?
  • Our surgeons are highly trained in the most advanced, minimally invasive surgical techniques.
  • We are seeking ways to use more minimally invasive procedures and make the ones we already perform even less invasive.
  • While we have all of the latest approaches at our disposal, our focus always comes back to finding the right approach for each patient.

If your doctor has recommended surgery, it’s natural to feel anxious about it. But minimally invasive (also known as laparoscopic or keyhole) procedures are making many surgeries dramatically safer and more tolerable. Instead of a large incision at the treatment site, the surgeon makes one or more very small incisions, and inserts slender instruments and a tiny camera to help visualize progress on a monitor. In some cases, the patient goes home with only bandages to cover the wounds.

“Almost every surgeon at Yale Medicine performs some type of minimally invasive surgery,” says Nita Ahuja, MD, chair of surgery for Yale Medicine and chief of surgery for Yale New Haven Hospital. “Of course, there may always be situations where the most effective way to perform a surgery will be through a larger incision. But minimally invasive approaches are an important tool in our toolbox now. They can be far easier on the patient, causing less tissue damage, fewer complications, and minimal pain and scarring. Patients recover quickly and leave the hospital sooner.”  

Clinical Trials

New treatments for many conditions are tested in clinical trials, which ultimately bring lifesaving new drugs and devices to the patients who need them most. By participating in a clinical trial, you may get access to the most advanced treatments for your condition, and help determine their benefits for future patients.