For many years, surgery was a process that involved weeks of pain and recovery. Although this is still the case for many operations, research has developed a more minimally invasive surgery that involves fewer incisions, scarring, blood loss, and pain, and therefore less recovery time.

Minimally invasive surgery, also called laparoscopic surgery, allows surgeons to operate on patients using small precision instruments that minimize pain, scaring, blood loss and recovery time. During these procedures, doctors make one or more incisions, each about a half-inch long, to insert a tube. The number of incisions depends on the type of surgery. The tubes allow the doctors to slip small video cameras and other specially designed surgical instruments for the procedure. Depending on your condition, you may need only a short hospital stay. Conditions that can be treated with minimally invasive surgery include, LAP-BAND Surgery, Hernia Surgery, Anti-Reflux Surgery, Adrenal Surgery, Hysterectomy and Ulcerative Colitis.

Institutions at the Medical Center offer non-invasive surgery performed with the latest medical equipment by da Vinci technology and Gamma Knife. Thanks to this breakthrough surgical technology patients can receive effective, minimally invasive alternatives to both open surgery and laparoscopy. The da Vinci Surgical System helps surgeons in procedures that treat a range of conditions, such as Bladder Cancer, Colorectal Cancer, Coronary Artety Disease, Endometriosis, Obesity, Thyroid Cancer, Kidney Disorders, Uterine Fibrosis and more.

The Medical Center also offers alternatives to open heart surgery that have many advantages over traditional surgery. The da Vinci Surgical System provides surgeons and patients with an effective and minimally invasive treatment to even the most complex cardiothoracic procedures such as mitral valve repair. Non-invasive surgeries reduce the risk of infection, minimize blood loss, shorten the hospital stay, leave less scaring and lead to faster recovery. Institutions at the Medical Center also offer Hysterectomy, Gynecologic and Prostatectomy surgeries using the da Vinci Surgical System.

Patients can also find a newer, less invasive treatment for Craniosynostosis at the Medical Center, where the founders of Endoscopic Craniectomy have been working in the last twelve years to help hundreds of children grow up to live a normal life.

The most accurate and advanced version of Gamma Knife radiosurgery is also available at the Medical Center. Surgeons at our institutions have dramatically increased the precision of radiation delivery during surgery while improving the comfort for patients with this non-invasive treatment. Gamma Knife radiosurgery is used to treat tumors and lesions in the brain.

Specializing Institutions

Many of the institutions in the Medical Center specialize in Minimally Invasive Surgery. The hospitals listed below are not inclusive of all the institutions that provide this service.

Methodist Healthcare Hospitals

(800) 333-7333


St. Luke’s Baptist Hospital

7930 Floyd Curl Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78229
(210) 297-5000


University Health Main Campus

4502 Medical Drive
San Antonio, TX 78229
(210) 358-4000


UT Health San Antonio

7703 Floyd Curl Drive
San Antonio, TX 78229
(210) 567-7000