When minimally invasive, or laparoscopic surgery can not be performed due to the presenting condition or circumstance, "open" sugery is performed.
Open surgery differes from minimally invasive surgery in that it is an invasive procedure - one which penetrates or breaks the skin or enters a body cavity. Examples of invasive procedures include those that involve perforation, an incision, a catheterization or other entry into the body.
An open surgery requires the surgeon to cut skin and tissues so he/she has direct access to the structures or organs involved. The structures and tissues involved can be seen and touched, and they are directly exposed to the air of the operating room.
Examples of open surgery include the removal of organs, although many of these procedures can be performed laparoscopically, and most types of cardiac surgery, neurosurgery and orthopedic (spine) surgery.
Open surgery is performed in the Operating Room Suites located on the third level of the Medical Center.
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