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Minimally Invasive Surgery

Many surgeries can now be performed using small incisions that can be closed with a few stitches. Using specialized techniques such as miniature cameras with microscopes, tiny fiber optic lights and high definition monitors, surgeons can correct many problems without requiring the patient to undergo major surgery or large incisions.

Minimally invasive surgery is performed both on an inpatient (stay in the hospital) and outpatient (go home the same day) basis.

Minimally invasive procedures offer patients many benefits including:

1. Less pain
2. Reduced blood loss
3. Less risk of infection
4. Small incisions
5. Reduced operative time
6. Quicker return to normal activity
7. Fewer complications
8. Reduced risk of herniation or wound separation

Akshay Chauhan, MD, MCh

Akshay Pratap Chauhan, MD, MCh, FACS

Associate Professor of Surgery

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Kevin Rothchild, MD, FACS

Kevin B. Rothchild, MD, FACS

Assistant Professor of Surgery

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Paul Montero, MD, FACS

Paul Montero, MD, FACS

Associate Professor of Surgery
Assistant Residency Director

Dr. Montero also sees patients at the VA Medical Center.

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Linda Fernekes, PA-C

Linda Fernekes, PA-C

Instructor, Surgery

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General MIS

Laparoscopic abdominal surgery and minimal access surgery are commonplace in our practice.

Minimally invasive surgical approaches are potentially applicable to a variety of disease processes, such as:

  1. Gallbladder surgery
  2. Stomach surgery, including surgery for reflux/GERD
  3. Bariatric surgery for morbid obesity
  4. Foregut surgery
  5. Robotic assisted surgery
  6. Esophageal and stomach cancer surgery.
  7. Feeding tube placement
  8. Reconstructive revisional operations
  9. Abdominal wall hernia surgery

    Robotics Platform

    University of Colorado is one of the nation’s leaders in robotic surgery. The advanced Robotic Da Vinci™ Surgical System technology provides surgeons with intuitive control, range of motion and incredible precision and accuracy, while minimizing the impact on the body. This allows our surgeons to use robotic surgery on a wider range of cases than ever before with even more precision and flexibility.

    Why choose Robotic surgery at University of Colorado: Robot platform allows our surgeons to combine their skills and expertise with robotics and computer-enhanced technology to provide a minimally invasive surgical option that is more accurate and precise than ever before. We use minimally invasive robotic surgery to treat patients for a variety of conditions. Through 3D visualization, surgeons are able to perform intricate tasks through small ports about the size of a dime as opposed to a large incision. For patients, this means improved outcomes, fewer complications, less recovery time and less discomfort after surgery.

    Robotic surgery is performed using miniature instruments that are inserted through tiny incisions. The surgeon, seated at a control console near the patient, views high-definition, magnified, 3-D images from a tiny video camera. The robotic arms and tiny instruments are manipulated by the thumb and forefinger and the normal wrist movement of the surgeon. The mechanical “wrists” of the robot bend back and forth, side to side and rotate in a full circle, providing even greater range of motion than possible by a human. The system also eliminates the possibility of human tremors that can make intricate surgeries difficult.


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