Seventh-day Adventist hospitals, like many other hospitals across the country, strive to remain on the cutting edge with their surgical and diagnostic techniques. In fact, in the case of the Gamma Knife, they have gone beyond the cutting edge - a Gamma Knife treatment uses gamma rays targeted to cancerous growths without any surgical incisions. Other medical breakthroughs are 3-D imaging, allowing a surgeon to see multiple images throughout the body replayed in three dimensional images that permit a thorough examination of a patient's internal organs without any surgery at all.
Also in frequent use now are minimally invasive surgeries, such as laparoscopies. Laparoscopic surgery, also called invasive bandaid surgery, or keyhole surgery, is a modern surgical technique in which operations in the abdomen are performed through small incisions (usually 0.5-1.5cm) as compared to larger incisions needed in traditional surgical procedures. Laparoscopic surgery includes operations within the abdominal or pelvic cavities, whereas keyhole surgery performed on the thoracic or chest cavity is called thoracoscopic surgery. Laparoscopic and thoracoscopic surgery belong to the broader field of endoscopy.
There are a number of advantages to the patient with laparoscopic surgery versus an open procedure. These include reduced haemorrhaging, reduced pain and shorter recovery time.