Conditions Treated with Minimally Invasive Surgery

Minimally invasive surgery is used to treat wide range of conditions in multiple specialties. Follow the links below for more information on UC San Diego Health’s minimally invasive surgical expertise. Also visit da Vinci Surgery for information on specific robotic procedures.

Bariatric Surgery/ Weight Loss

Weight Loss Patient

UC San Diego Health bariatric surgeons have been developing and perfecting minimally invasive forms of weight-loss surgery for years. In fact, our director of metabolic surgery performed the world’s first laparoscopic gastric bypass in 1993. Our Bariatric and Metabolic Institute offers gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, gastric banding, gastric plication and bypass revision weight-loss surgeries. Compare surgery types and criteria for being a candidate.

Cancer/ Surgical Oncology

Minimally Invasive Surgery Robot

Removing cancerous tumors and organs is a special focus of the Minimally Invasive Surgery team. Operating out of UC San Diego Health Moores Cancer Center, our surgeons utilize minimally invasive techniques for surgical removal of cancers throughout the body. Additionally, we use robotic surgery for bladder, colorectal, uterine, kidney, stomach, prostate, esophageal and head and neck cancers.

Heart (Cardiothoracic)

Sulpizio Cardiovascular Building

Conditions such as mitral valve prolapse and coronary artery disease are treated through robot-assisted minimally invasive means. Visit the Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center at UC San Diego Health for more information.

Colorectal Surgery

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We offer a wide range of minimally invasive surgical procedures – including colorectal robotic surgery - for treating problems of the colon and rectum. The surgical staff includes internationally recognized experts in colon cancer, rectal cancer and anal cancer, as well as diverticulitis, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, fecal incontinence, hemorrhoids and other disorders.

Head and Neck (ENT)

Neck Pain

We utilize state-of-the-art minimally invasive surgical techniques for conditions of the thyroid, parathyroid, skull base and larynx.

GI Surgery

Minimally Invasive Surgery Robot

Surgeons use minimally invasive and robot-assisted procedures to treat conditions such as gastroesophageal reflux disease, achalasia, esophageal cancer, Barrett’s esophagus, hiatal or paraesophegeal hernia and Zenker’s diverticulum. Read more about GI Surgery.



Many gynecologic issues can be treated minimally invasively. At the Center for the Future of Surgery scarless surgeries are being performed utilizing single incision and natural opening surgical techniques. The following conditions are treated robotically: endometriosis, heavy menstrual bleeding, pelvic floor disorders, uterine fibroids and uterine cancer.

Orthopedic Surgery

Orthopedic Surgeons

UC San Diego Health is a leader in minimally invasive hip and knee surgery, spinal surgery, and hand and upper extremity surgery to treat injuries, trauma, cancer and degenerative disease.

Lung (Thoracic) Surgery

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Surgeons at UC San Diego Health excel in a broad spectrum of minimally invasive techniques for thoracic conditions including lung cancer [minimally invasive video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS)], hyperhidrosis (endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy), thymus tumors and Myasthenia gravis (robotic thymectomy).


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We have one of the busiest single incision laparoscopic urologic surgery programs in the nation. In addition, our reputation as an international leader for urologic cancer care is due in part to our development of some of the latest robotic surgical techniques. Minimally invasive and robot-assisted techniques are used for prostate, kidney, bladder and testes cancer, and other urologic diseases and disorders.

Vascular and Endovascular

Mechanical thrombectomy

Our surgeons treat aneurisms and peripheral artery disease using minimally invasive endoscopic surgical techniques. We also use minimally invasive approaches to bypass small blood vessels to save limbs of those with circulatory problems.



Minimally invasive and robotic techniques are utilized in transplant surgery for living donor surgery. By undergoing minimally invasive nephrectomy, living donors can provide the lifesaving gift of a kidney to a relative or friend who has end-stage kidney disease.