Minimally Invasive Surgery Specialist

Surgical Care PC

Rick J. Windle, MD

General Surgeon & Varicose Vein Specialist located in Lincoln, NE

If you’re feeling anxious about surgery, it can help to know that minimally invasive techniques will reduce your pain, recovery time, and risk of complications. At Surgical Care PC in Lincoln, Nebraska, general surgeon Rick Windle, MD, specializes in minimally invasive surgeries, including colon, gallbladder, and anti-reflux procedures. To find out if minimally invasive surgery is right for you, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Minimally Invasive Surgery Q&A

What is minimally invasive surgery?

Minimally invasive surgery involves a variety of innovative techniques and technologies that allow surgeons to operate with less damage to your body’s healthy tissues.

At Surgical Care PC, Dr. Windle has expertise in various types of minimally invasive surgery, including:


Laparoscopy, or laparoscopic surgery, uses a tiny camera called a laparoscope mounted at the end of a thin, flexible tube. Dr. Windle inserts the scope into a small incision and uses it to see your internal organs without making a large cut. He may make 2-3 more small incisions for surgical instruments.

Robotic surgery

Like laparoscopy, robotic surgery uses a laparoscope, tiny surgical instruments, and small incisions. This technique also uses a robotic arm, which Dr. Windle operates from a console. The robotic arm provides him with a magnified, 3D view of your internal anatomy as well as enhanced precision, accuracy, and control.

What are the benefits of minimally invasive surgery?

Minimally invasive surgery causes less tissue trauma than traditional, open surgery. This leads to a wide array of benefits, including:

  • Less pain
  • Less blood loss
  • Reduced scarring
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Faster recovery time
  • Reduced risk of infection

Depending on the type of procedure you need, you may be able to go home the same day as surgery.

What surgical procedures can use minimally invasive techniques?

At Surgical Care PC, Dr. Windle uses minimally invasive techniques for many types of surgery, including:

Colon surgery

Dr. Windle has extensive experience performing laparoscopic, robotic, and single-incision colon resection surgery. You may need colon surgery if you have a disease or disorder affecting the large intestine, such as colon cancer or polyps.

Gallbladder surgery

Gallbladder removal may be necessary if you have gallstones or another gallbladder condition. Dr. Windle performs laparoscopic and single-incision gallbladder surgery.

Anti-reflux surgery

Anti-reflux surgery is a treatment for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) that doesn’t improve with medications and lifestyle changes. Dr. Windle has expertise in laparoscopic and robotic Nissen fundoplication, which is another name for anti-reflux surgery.

If you need colon, gallbladder, or anti-reflux surgery and want to find out if there’s a minimally invasive option that’s right for you, call Surgical Care PC, or book an appointment online today.