Minimally Invasive Surgery

Jeffrey Bell, MD

General Surgeon & Robotic Surgery Specialist located in Fayetteville, AR

With advances in surgical tools and techniques, surgeons perform routine and complex procedures with less trauma to your body and better accuracy. Board-certified general surgeon, Jeffrey Bell, MD, in Fayetteville, Arkansas, uses minimally invasive surgery to perform many surgical procedures. He uses the most advanced tools and techniques to make sure you get the best outcomes. To schedule a consultation to learn more about minimally invasive surgery, call the office today.

Minimally Invasive Surgery

What is minimally invasive surgery?

Minimally invasive surgery is an advanced surgical technique that causes less damage to your body than traditional open operations. To perform minimally invasive procedures, Dr. Bell uses specialized surgical tools and equipment to perform the necessary procedure through small surgical incisions.

By comparison, traditional open surgery requires a large incision through your abdomen to access the surgical area.  

What are the types of minimally invasive surgery?

There are many types of minimally invasive surgery. For general surgical procedures, Dr. Bell uses:

Robotic surgery

Robotic surgery is the most advanced type of minimally invasive surgery. It combines minimally invasive surgical skills and techniques with advanced robotic technology.

Dr. Bell uses the da VinciĀ® surgical system when performing robotic surgery. This system allows him to perform complex procedures using smaller incisions, better accuracy, more control, and improved precision. 

With robotic surgery, Dr. Bell performs complex procedures that may not be possible using other surgical methods. 

Laparoscopic surgery

During laparoscopic surgery, Dr. Bell inserts a laparoscope, which is a surgical camera, through a small incision in your abdomen. He then makes additional incisions to introduce the surgical instruments needed to perform your procedure. 

What are the benefits of minimally invasive surgery?

Dr. Bell uses minimally invasive surgery to perform routine and complex procedures because it provides better overall outcomes. Some of the benefits of minimally invasive surgery include:

  • Smaller scars
  • Less pain
  • Reduced hospital stay
  • Faster recovery
  • Less blood loss
  • Reduced risk of infection


With robotic surgery, Dr. Bell sits at a surgical console that allows him to control the robotic arms using a handheld device that reduces surgical hand fatigue. The surgical console also provides him with a magnified 3D view of the surgical site for better visualization.

What procedures use minimally invasive surgery? 

Dr. Bell is an experienced and skilled general surgeon. He uses minimally invasive surgical techniques to perform many procedures, including:

  • Gallbladder surgery
  • Hernia surgery
  • Abdominal wall reconstruction
  • Anti-reflux surgery


Dr. Bell is the most experienced surgeon in northwest Arkansas at performing complex minimally invasive and robotic hernia repairs. 

To schedule a consultation to learn more about minimally invasive surgery and available options, call the office of Jeffrey Bell, MD today.