Minimally Invasive Procedures
What is the difference between a non-invasive procedure, a minimally invasive procedure and an invasive procedure?
When there is no break in the skin, a medical procedure is defined as non-invasive. To be classified as non-invasive, a procedure must not involve contact with any mucosa, breaks in the skin, or internal body cavities beyond a natural or artificial body orifice. Examples of non-invasive procedures include X-ray, ultrasound and taking a pulse or blood pressure.
Minimally Invasive Procedure
A minimally invasive procedure is one (surgical or otherwise) that is less invasive than open surgery used for the same medical purpose. A minimally invasive procedure typically involves use of arthoscopic, laparoscopic and remote-control manipulation of instruments with indirect observation of the surgical field through image guidance. It is carried out through the skin, body cavity or anatomical opening. At most, the patient may require only a Steri-Strip or band-aid on the incision.
An invasive procedure involves open surgery. To close a large incision, either multiple stitches or staples are used.
What are the benefits of minimally invasive procedures compared to surgery?
Minimally invasive procedures usually result in:
- less chance of infection
- a quicker recovery time
- shorter hospital stays, or better yet, outpatient care
- enhanced outcomes
- less expense
Why choose RIA Endovascular for your procedure?
All procedures at RIA Endovascular are minimally invasive procedures performed by experience, board-certified and fellowship-trained interventional radiologists.
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