Minimally Invasive Surgery

Wickii Vigneswaran, MD, MBA, FACS

Thoracic Surgeon located in Maywood, IL & Elmhurst, IL

Wickii Vigneswaran, MD, in Maywood, Illinois, is committed to helping the men and women in his care improve the quality of their lives. As a skilled thoracic and cardiovascular surgeon, he offers the most advanced surgical techniques available, like video- and robot-assisted surgical methods. These minimally invasive surgery techniques provide faster recovery times with less pain. To find the most advanced surgical treatments for your thoracic condition, call Wickii Vigneswaran, MD, or schedule an appointment online today.

Minimally Invasive Surgery Q & A

What is minimally invasive surgery?

Minimally invasive surgery is performed using video-assisted laparoscopically or robot-assisted techniques. These procedures offer a wide range of benefits, including:

  • Faster recovery times with less pain
  • Smaller incisions resulting in less bleeding
  • Reduced chance of infection and scarring
  • Less trauma and shorter hospital stays
  • Fewer complications and possibility of nerve damage

During a video-assisted laparoscopy procedure, Dr. Vigneswaran makes one or more tiny incisions so he can insert a small camera and surgical instruments inside your body. A common type of laparoscopic procedure that Dr. Vigneswaran performs is video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS). He is also a leader in the state when it comes to performing robot-assisted surgery using the da VinciĀ® Surgical System.

What is video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery?

Dr. Vigneswaran might recommend a minimally invasive VATS procedure to either treat or diagnose problems in your chest. He also uses this technique to perform several surgical treatments, including:

  • Managing lung cancer and esophageal conditions
  • Lung volume reduction surgery for end-stage lung disease
  • Removing excess air or fluid from around the lungs

Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery is also used to diagnose chest cancers such as mesothelioma and lung cancer.

What is robot-assisted surgery?

During minimally invasive surgeries using a robot, Dr. Vigneswaran performs complex procedures with the da Vinci Surgical System. This is the most advanced surgical robot available and uses a high-definition 3D camera, four robotic arms, and miniaturized instruments to perform your surgery.

Because of the flexibility and dexterity of the robotic arms and medical instruments, da Vinci offers advanced precision and accuracy while performing operations. When conducting a robot-assisted surgery, Dr. Vigneswaran controls the surgical procedure from a computer console while another surgeon is at your side.

What thoracic conditions can minimally invasive surgery treat?

Dr. Vigneswaran recommends minimally invasive surgical techniques for numerous chest conditions, including:

  • Mesothelioma
  • Lung or esophageal cancer
  • End-stage lung disease

During your consultation, Dr. Vigneswaran carefully evaluates your condition to outline the best course of treatment for your unique situation. In some cases, this might include medication, open surgery with a large incision, or minimally invasive surgery.

For more information on minimally invasive surgery, call Wickii Vigneswaran, MD, or schedule an appointment online today.