The Center for Advanced Minimally Invasive Surgery

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One Incision, No Scar

Even at a time when most operations are routinely performed through small incisions, The Center for Advanced Minimally Invasive Surgery at Saint Francis continues to be a leader in developing and testing surgical techniques that offer:

  • No scars
  • Quicker recovery
  • Less pain

The center's latest innovation is single-incision laparoscopic surgery. Often favored by younger patients or athletes who are concerned about abdominal scarring,  this technique uses a single, hidden incision through the belly button to remove organs and repair hernias with excellent clinical and cosmetic results. Added precision has been achieved with the introduction of the daVinci Robotic Surgical System. Single-incision surgery can be used for hernias and conditions of the:

  • Gallbladder
  • Appendix
  • Colon
  • Pancreas
  • Spleen

Sometimes called the Hernia Center, The Center for Advanced Minimally Invasive Surgery at Saint Francis is an international training site physicians from around the world seeking to learn the latest techniques in hernia repair. Dr. Ibrahim M. Daoud, section chief of minimally invasive surgery at Saint Francis, also leads Saint Francis' respected clinical fellowship program in advanced laparoscopic procedures. 

Meet our Team


Richard M Newman, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Pancreatic & Endocrine Surgery,
Minimally Invasive Surgery,
General Surgery