Minimally Invasive Surgery Center

Minimizing Major Surgery

The Minimally Invasive Surgery Center at Seton Medical Center Hays provides an advanced option for many surgical procedures – resulting in a faster return to normal activities than traditional open surgery allows. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a condition that may require surgery, find out if minimally invasive options are right for you.

What is Minimally Invasive Surgery?

Advances in surgery technology have led to increased ability to treat a variety of conditions, making surgery less demanding and more comfortable to patients. For minimally invasive surgeries, surgeons use small tools and tiny incisions to diagnose and operate.  For most minimally invasive procedures, the surgeon uses a miniature telescope-like instrument (arthroscope or laparoscope) connected to a small video camera that lets the surgeon see inside the body via high definition video monitors in the operating room. The surgeon operates on the patient with surgical instruments through the arthroscope, endoscope, or laparoscope or through other tiny incisions. Minimally invasive surgery is performed both on an inpatient (stay in the hospital) and outpatient (go home the same day) basis.

Benefits of Minimally Invasive Surgery

Because minimally invasive surgery uses small incisions that can be closed with only a few stitches, patients can benefit from:

  • Less pain
  • Quicker recovery
  • Fewer complications
  • Less scarring
  • Shorter hospital stays


Minimally invasive procedures offered at Seton Medical Center Hays include:


  • Single-incision laparoscopic surgery for various procedures
  • Abdominoperineal resection
  • Appendectomy
  • Colectomy
  • Colostomy surgery
  • Distal pancreatectomy
  • Exploratory surgery
  • Gastrectomy
  • Gastrojejunostomy
  • Gastrostomy
  • Gastrostomy and jejunostomy tube replacement
  • Heller myotomy
  • Liver biopsy
  • Lysis of adhesions
  • Nissen fundoplication
  • Pyloroplasty
  • Repair of paraesophageal hernia
  • Small bowel resection
  • Splenectomy
  • Treatment of small bowel obstruction
  • Ventral and inguinal hernia repair


  • Total laparoscopic hysterectomy
  • Laparoscopic procedures on the adnexa/ovaries – oophorectomy
  • Ovarian cystectomy
  • Treatment for ectopic pregnancy
  • Diagnostic laparoscopy for pelvic pain


  • InterStim implantation (sacral neuromodulation)
  • Laser treatment for prostate enlargement and kidney stones
  • Nephrectomy/single incision laparoscopic kidney surgery
  • Prostatectomy
  • Sling surgery for incontinence


  • Angiography
  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm
  • Endoluminal graft repair
  • Percutaneous interventions in arterial and venous systems including dialysis access