Mayo Clinic's approach

  • Experience. Mayo Clinic surgeons have been leaders in minimally invasive surgery for many years and perform thousands of the procedures every year, including about 1,500 robot-assisted surgeries.
  • New and better techniques. Mayo Clinic researchers and specialists constantly seek ways to improve minimally invasive surgery and apply it to patient care. Your doctor will talk with you about the range of surgical approaches possible so that you get exactly the care you need.
  • Specialized teams. Doctors, nurses and other medical professionals are committed to working together to provide expert, whole-person care to everyone who needs healing. If there is a way to meet patients' needs with minimal risk and discomfort, Mayo Clinic's team of experts is likely to know how to do it.
  • Research. Mayo Clinic researchers are studying the use of minimally invasive surgery to treat other conditions. They recently studied a new minimally invasive laser-based tool for epilepsy surgery and found it offers a quicker recuperation time for patients compared with open brain surgery. The close connection between clinical care and research at Mayo Clinic makes it possible for eligible patients to enroll in clinical trials, where they may receive the most advanced treatments.
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