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Laparoscopic surgery is one commonly known type of minimally invasive surgery (MIS), but MIS has expanded beyond laparoscopy. MIS procedures are widely accepted as the standard of care in many surgical specialties for specific procedures. They are done through small incisions that require little stitching to close, which often makes MIS preferable to traditional surgery for both doctors and patients.

We perform minimally invasive procedures whenever possible. Below is a list that includes some of the minimally invasive procedures we perform. The list is not all-inclusive, so if you are having surgery and are interested in learning more about minimally invasive options, feel free to ask your doctor about what type of surgery is right for you.


  • Minimally invasive surgery is now a reality for spine surgeries, including surgery to treat scoliosis. Minimally invasive spine surgeries have given new hope to patients with scoliosis and other spinal injuries and deformities.


  • Thoracic surgeons within the Center for Robotic and Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery have extensive experience utilizing robotic and minimally invasive techniques for the treatment of benign (non-cancerous) and malignant (cancerous) conditions of the lungs, esophagus, pleura, and mediastinum.

Gastrointestinal Surgery

  • Weight Loss Surgery
    Northwestern Memorial surgeons are now routinely performing weight loss surgery with a minimally invasive technique, which reduces the risk of complications and the need for follow-up surgeries.
  • General Gastrointestinal Surgeries
    Many of the most common gastrointestinal surgeries are now being done via minimally invasive procedures. Some of those procedures are:
    • Removal of the appendix, gallbladder, gallstones and spleen
    • Hernia repair
    • Hiatal hernia repair
    • Surgery to treat gastroesophogeal reflux disease (GERD)
    • Surgery to treat achalasia

Endocrine Surgery

  • Thyroid surgery
  • Radioguided parathyroid surgery
  • Laparoscopic adrenalectomy

Head & Neck Surgery

  • Surgeons at the Thyroid Surgical Clinic within the Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, provide minimally invasive thyroid and parathyroid surgery.

Gynecologic Oncology

  • Minimally invasive gynecologic oncology surgery for treatment of cervical and endometrial cancer
  • Minimally invasive hysterectomy


  • Minimally invasive hysterectomy


  • Treatment for some types and stages of cancer

Urologic Surgery

  • Prostatectomy—removal of the prostate
  • Renal surgery (for kidney cancer)—sparing the kidney by saving the blood supply
  • Pyeloplasty—correcting ureter blockage
  • Kidney stone removal
  • Treatment of ureteral injuries
  • Bladder surgery (for bladder cancer)


Last UpdateJuly 10, 2012


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