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Natural Orifice Translumenal Endoscopic Surgery (NOTES) from Drexel Surgery

During NOTES, the surgeon passes instruments and a tiny camera through a natural opening in the body to perform surgery.The thought of "going under the knife" can be scary. But it doesn't need to be. At Drexel Surgery, there are several minimally invasive alternatives to traditional "open" surgical procedures. Some of these surgeries, such as natural orifice translumenal endoscopic surgery (NOTES), require no incision, which provides the patient with a number of benefits.

During NOTES, the surgeon passes instruments and a tiny camera through a natural opening in the body, such as the mouth or the vagina, to perform surgery. By entering through a natural opening, the surgeon is able to reach organs located in the abdomen without any major incisions through the skin, muscle, and nerves. Tiny internal incisions may be required to reach the organ, but these need little recovery time and leave no visible scar.

Some patient benefits from NOTES include:

  • Decreased pain after the operation
  • Lower anesthesia requirements
  • Faster recovery time and shorter hospital stay
  • Potential for scarless abdominal surgery
  • Fewer postoperative complications

NOTES is an evolving procedure that is likely to provide alternative means to already established approaches. While gallbladder and appendix removal are the two most common procedures, there are several medical conditions that can potentially be treated using NOTES, including:

  • Cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal)
  • Oophorectomy (ovary removal)
  • Hysterectomy (uterus removal)
  • Splenectomy (spleen removal)
  • Appendectomy (appendix removal)
  • Ventral hernia repair

To see if you're eligible for NOTES, schedule an appointment with Drexel Surgery today.

The information on these pages is provided for general information only and should not be used for diagnosis or treatment, or as a substitute for consultation with a physician or health care professional. If you have specific questions or concerns about your health, you should consult your health care professional.


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