Minimally Invasive General Surgery Specialist

Trevan Fischer, MD -  - Surgical Oncologist

Trevan Fischer, MD

Surgical Oncologist & General Surgeon located in Santa Monica, CA

If you need to have surgery, the two words you want to hear are “minimally invasive.” Thanks to modern equipment, experienced surgeon Trevan Fischer, MD, can perform a host of procedures using specialized tools and video equipment, which reduce your risks and recovery time. From gallbladder surgery to hernia repair, Dr. Fischer offers his patients in Santa Monica, California, a great alternative to open surgery. He accepts patients across all of Southern California, including Bakersfield, San Luis Obispo and Palm Springs. To explore your options for minimally invasive surgery, call or use the online booking tool.

Minimally Invasive General Surgery

What is minimally invasive surgery?

Minimally invasive surgery is fast gaining acceptance as the best way to perform many general surgeries. Minimally invasive means that Dr. Fischer only needs to make several small incisions instead of a large one because he’s able to rely on advanced video equipment and specialized tools to do some of the work.

In any minimally invasive surgery, Dr. Fischer typically makes several small incisions through which he threads an instrument equipped with a camera that delivers a real-time, 3D view of the surgical site to a monitor. Through another incision, Dr. Fischer inserts tiny tools that translate his hands’ movements in tiny spaces with the aid of the video monitor.

The magnified view that the camera provides allows Dr. Fischer to perform most surgeries with an accuracy and precision that wasn’t available before.

Which minimally invasive surgeries are offered?

The world of minimally invasive surgery is constantly expanding as surgeons become more adept with the technology. Dr. Fischer trained in this technique early on and offers minimally invasive surgery for many general procedures, including:

  • Gallbladder surgery
  • Appendectomies
  • Hernia repair
  • Cancer surgery

This list is by no means comprehensive — if you require a general procedure, sit down with Dr. Fischer to discuss your options.

What are the advantages of minimally invasive surgery?

The reason minimally invasive surgery is preferred over traditional, open surgery is because of the following advantages:

  • The incisions are smaller (less scarring)
  • There’s less collateral tissue damage
  • Less blood loss
  • Reduced risk of infection
  • Faster healing time

Bear in mind that any surgery carries with it some risk, even minimally invasive surgery, but the risks are diminished when Dr. Fischer is able to use these state-of-the-art tools and techniques.

You should also keep in mind that some situations may require that Dr. Fischer gain full access to the area or that a minimally invasive procedure may turn into an open surgery if Dr. Fischer finds a larger problem. Rest assured, he discusses all possibilities with you before your surgery so you understand the process completely.

If you’d like to learn more about minimally invasive surgery, call Trevan Fischer, MD, or use the online scheduling tool to book a consultation.