Why choose Mayo Clinic

By Mayo Clinic Staff


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Patient stories

Anna's Story: A Personal Approach to Cancer

At age 30, Anna Webster was a busy single mom juggling work and caring for her 11-year-old daughter. She didn’t have time to be sick. But after passing out one evening in the spring of 2009, she spent three days in a Jacksonville, Fla., emergency room while doctors tried to figure out what was wrong. [...]

  • 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.


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