What is the difference between open surgery and minimally invasive techniques?

Our team of vascular surgeons always seeks the least invasive treatment for vascular disease. An exciting alternative to open surgery is our ever-expanding arsenal of minimally invasive vascular procedures, also known as endovascular surgery, in which we treat problems in the blood vessels from within the vessels themselves. Performed under local anesthesia, endovascular surgery involves making only a tiny incision or puncture in the skin to reach an artery or vein, then guiding small devices through the blood vessels to the right spot, where we fix the problem.

Because this approach is less stressful to the body, patients experience less discomfort and enjoy a dramatically faster recovery. Even when treated for serious vascular disease, patients can usually go home the same or next day. Endovascular procedures can offer a life-saving option for older patients (and others) who are not candidates for open surgery.

Yet sometimes a patient is not a good candidate for minimally invasive surgery and the best option is open surgery, an operation in which the body is opened to provide direct access to the artery or vein. For these operations, the patient receives general anesthesia.

A third surgical option is the hybrid approach, which combines open surgery with endovascular techniques–all in one procedure. Because the patient undergoes only one procedure rather than several stages of treatment (first open surgery, then endovascular), recovery time and the duration of the hospital stay is dramatically reduced.

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