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Special Article
November 1998

What Alternatives Has Minimally Invasive Surgery Provided the Surgeon?

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery, New England Medical Center, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, Mass.

Arch Surg. 1998;133(11):1156-1159. doi:10.1001/archsurg.133.11.1156

When a new technology bursts on the horizon and reenergizes a field that has seemed to be flagging, as minimally invasive surgery has done for the field of general surgery, many enthusiasts rapidly embrace the discipline. Questions should arise, however, as to what novelty has really been introduced, where it should fit in our treatment of patients, and, when the dust settles, what alternatives truly have been provided to the advantage of our patients. This article provides information and data about some of these procedures, while trying to address these issues and answer some questions that new technology raises.