CC-BY 4.0 · Surg J 2017; 03(04): e163-e166
DOI: 10.1055/s-0037-1608651
Review Article
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A New Era of Minimally Invasive Surgery: Progress and Development of Major Technical Innovations in General Surgery Over the Last Decade

Manjunath Siddaiah-Subramanya1, 2, 3, Kor Woi Tiang1, 2, 3, Masimba Nyandowe4
  • 1Department of Surgery, Logan Hospital, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
  • 2Department of Medicine, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia
  • 3Department of Medicine, University of Queensland, Queensland, Australia
  • 4Department of Surgery, Townsville Hospital, Townsville, Queensland, Australia
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Publication History

02 August 2017

26 September 2017

Publication Date:
09 November 2017 (online)


Minimally invasive surgery (MIS) continues to play an important role in general surgery as an alternative to traditional open surgery as well as traditional laparoscopic techniques. Since the 1980s, technological advancement and innovation have seen surgical techniques in MIS rapidly grow as it is viewed as more desirable. MIS, which includes natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery (NOTES) and single-incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS), is less invasive and has better cosmetic results. The technological growth and adoption of NOTES and SILS by clinicians in the last decade has however not been uniform. We look at the differences in new developments and advancement in the different techniques in the last 10 years. We also aim to explain these differences as well as the implications in general surgery for the future.