General Surgery Services
At Advanced Surgeons, our experts specialize in performing a variety of advanced procedures—including using minimally invasive laparoscopic surgical techniques—to effectively treat a wide array of general conditions. These include:
A hernia is a condition that occurs when a portion of an organ or abdominal tissues—such as fat—may protrude through the wall of where it’s contained. This can lead to pain and possible gastrointestinal obstructions. Hernias that may be repaired with laparoscopic or robotic techniques include:
- Abdominal wall hernia
- Hiatal (diaphragm) hernia
- Incisional hernia
- Inguinal (groin) hernia
- Umbilical hernia
In some cases, a larger incision may be necessary in order to repair the hernia or to perform an abdominal wall reconstruction. Some hernia repairs may also require the placement of a mesh to reinforce the repair, depending on the patient’s needs.
Stones formed inside the gallbladder causing pain and discomfort is the most common reason patients need a laparoscopic cholecystectomy (removal of the gallbladder). Most patients are able to go home the same day of surgery.
Diseases of the small intestine and colon
Tumors, cancers and inflammatory conditions are some examples of conditions that may require surgery. Through small incisions, the surgeon is able to remove the area of affected intestine and reconnect the bowels.
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
GERD that is not alleviated by medications may need to be treated with a laparoscopic anti-reflux technique, such as the Nissen fundoplication. During the procedure, the surgeon wraps part of the stomach around the end of the esophagus to improve the symptoms of reflux and heartburn.
Diseases of the stomach
Tumors or cancers of the stomach are responsive to laparoscopic resection (removal of all or part of an organ) and reconstruction of the gastrointestinal tract. In addition, gastroparesis—a condition in which the patient’s stomach does not contract normally—may warrant laparoscopic insertion of a gastric pacemaker to help the stomach contract properly.
Diseases of solid organs
The spleen and adrenal glands can be affected by a number of conditions that might require laparoscopic removal. In this instance, patients may spend one to two days in the hospital.
Achalasia is a disorder where damage to the nerves in the esophagus makes it difficult for food and liquid to make it into the stomach. Patients with this condition may benefit from a laparoscopic procedure known as Heller myotomy, which cuts the diseased muscle of the esophagus and allows the patient to eat normally again when recovered.
For more information on minimally invasive procedures or to schedule an appointment with one of our specialists, contact us today.