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A Minimally Invasive Approach to Health-Care Reform
The Wall Street Journal

Minimally invasive surgery using a fiber-optic camera and small incisions rather than traditional “open” surgery significantly reduces costly surgical complications. That’s been known for some time. But a study that my Johns Hopkins University colleagues and I recently conducted has found that it is still surprisingly common for patients in the U.S. not to be given that surgical option.

Our team examined four common procedures—appendectomy, hysterectomy, colectomy and lung lobectomy—at more than 1,000 hospitals. Serious complications were substantially lower for minimally invasive operations in all four.