Before medical breakthroughs, invasive procedures included the diagnostic techniques that required entry into a body cavity by means of a tube, needle or other device. As well, invasive practices sometimes interrupted normal body functions.
However, many of today’s modern advances in medical techniques are less invasive. In fact, non-invasive procedures are often used to treat back pain and other ailments. They are also utilized in conjunction with other methods like physical therapy, chiropractic treatments and heat therapy.
What is a Non-Invasive Procedure?
A non-invasive procedure does not require a hospital stay or surgery. The method involves an examination that excludes breaking the skin or body cavities. As well, the body is not probed beyond its normal means. For example, examining inside the ear is considered non- invasive but deeper penetration like within the sinuses is reflected in minimally-invasive techniques. And when there is surgery involved, the procedure is looked at as invasive.
Compared to a few decades ago, modern technology has made several great medical breakthroughs. In truth, you were often pricked and poked even at a typical check-up. In fact, many medical procedures are not possible without some type of surgical entrance into the body. Techniques varied from minimally invasive methods to full-on open surgery. However, there was usually damage to biological tissue regardless of the type of invasion. Risks and side effects of invasive procedures include infection, bleeding, blood clotting, internal organ injury and sometimes death.
However, todays modern medical breakthroughs embrace non-invasive methods. This is because there have been numerous devices and instruments produced that support non-invasive medical procedures.
Granting, the birth of non-invasive methods stems back centuries. They are also comprised of simple procedures like using a stethoscope for lung sounds and taking a pulse. But todays advanced devices allow a much greater range of internal organs that can be examined thoroughly. For example, an electrocardiography machine (ECG) allows a physician to listen to electrical signals so the activity of the heart can be monitored. The device works by using electrodes on the skin. These electrodes can detect the miniscule electrical changes on the skin that come from the heart muscle’s electro-physiologic pattern. Because the skin is not broken, electrocardiography machine (ECG) is considered one hundred per cent non-invasive. And unlike invasive procedures, it carries zero risk.
Types of Procedures
Today, non-invasive procedures are applied to several techniques, medical tests and therapies. Not only can the heart be monitored but the back can be treated for pain and adjustment like chiropractic. As well, non-invasive procedures are used in treatments for liposuction, kidney problems and many other medical issues.