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There's No Breaking Leo DeGoursey's Stride

A minimally invasive procedure allows Leo DeGoursey to move on from lung cancer surgery without missing a beat. Leo DeGoursey is used to being busy. Until age 50, he enjoyed a career as a printer. Then he made a switch and spent the next two decades developing curriculum, equipping a lab, and teaching printing at [...]

  • 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.
  • 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.

Types

Talk with your doctor about whether minimally invasive surgery is the best option for you. Surgeons perform many minimally invasive surgeries, including:

  • Adrenalectomy to remove one or both adrenal glands
  • Anti-reflux surgery, sometimes called hiatal hernia repair, to relieve gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Cancer surgery, for example, to destroy a tumor
  • Chest (thoracic) surgery
  • Colectomy to remove parts of a diseased colon
  • Colon and rectal surgery
  • Ear, nose and throat surgery
  • Endovascular surgery to replace a heart valve or repair an aneurysm
  • Gallbladder surgery (cholecystectomy) to remove gallstones that cause pain
  • Gastroenterologic surgery, including for gastric bypass and Crohn's disease
  • General surgery
  • Gynecologic surgery
  • Heart surgery
  • Nephrectomy to remove a kidney as treatment or for donation
  • Neurosurgery
  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Splenectomy to remove the spleen
  • Urologic surgery

Read more about cholecystectomy, colectomy, nephrectomy, splenectomy and robotic surgery.

Sept. 16, 2014