Five minimally invasive techniques that provide precision for doctors and quicker recoveries for patients

Innovations in surgical and medical technology have created more minimally invasive options that lead to big patient benefits. This “less is more” approach helps patients get back to their normal lives as quickly as possible, with less painful and faster recoveries. Here are a few of the most innovative minimally invasive approaches at Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park and Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center in Rockville.

1. Single-Site Robotic Surgery Through state-of-the-art robotic technologies, the da Vinci Surgical System allows surgeons to perform complex operations with greater precision. Single-site instruments for the robotic surgical system allow surgeons to remove a patient’s gallbladder, a procedure called a cholecystectomy, through a 1-inch incision made through the belly button. This approach offers minimal pain and scarring and a faster recovery for patients. Washington Adventist Hospital was the first hospital in Montgomery County to use this technology.


2. Low-Dose CT Scan For patients concerned about radiation exposure from computed tomography (CT) scans, Washington Adventist Hospital is the only hospital in the area offering a low-dose radiation CT scan system. The low-dose system reduces patient radiation exposure by up to 40 percent while maintaining excellent image quality for diagnosing problems. The innovative system offers fast, high-quality diagnostic ability with a low radiation dose across a spectrum of procedures, including cardiac, brain, chest, abdomen and orthopedic.

3. Transradial Catheterization Interventional cardiologists at Washington Adventist and Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Centers are performing more and more heart catheterizations, which help to obtain information about the heart muscle and its blood supply or to treat blocked arteries, by entering through the wrist, also known as transradial access. The transradial approach can reduce the risk of complications and ease recovery.


4. Minimally Invasive Valve Surgery Heart valves are a series of one-way “gates” at the exit of each heart chamber that make sure blood always flows forward. Heart valve disease occurs when valves don’t work properly, either not allowing enough blood to move forward or letting blood leak back into the chambers. Left untreated, valve disease can become life-threatening. With minimally invasive valve surgery, incisions are small, only 5 to 6 centimeters, and patients often can go home in as soon as a day or two.

5. Hana Table Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center was the first in Montgomery County to use the specially designed Hana Table for orthopedic surgery. The table allows doctors to perform hip surgery from an angle that results in a smaller incision. For patients, this means a faster recovery and a shorter hospital stay.