Minimally Invasive General Surgery

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Many different disorders of the gastrointestinal tract may require surgery to correct. Fortunately, many of these can be addressed in a minimally invasive fashion. Minimally invasive surgery uses small incisions on the abdomen as well as a special type of camera called a laparoscope to perform the surgery. This type of surgery allows for a quicker return to normal activity, less pain, and a better cosmetic outcome. 

Gastroesophageal reflux can interfere with normal daily life especially if medications are not alleviating symptoms. In severe cases, acid reflux can cause damage to the esophagus that can lead to a condition called Barrett’s esophagus and increased risk of cancer. A hiatal hernia can cause or worsen reflux. Nissen fundoplication can be used to correct reflux and involves wrapping the top part of the stomach around the esophagus. A hiatal hernia is repaired at the time of the fundoplication. Minimally invasive surgery allows for most patients to stay in the hospital for only one to two nights.

The small intestine is the part of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract that follows the stomach and is where much of nutrient digestion and absorption occur. The colon and rectum are part of your large intestine. The main purpose of these organs is to process and pass waste from your body. Several conditions that can affect your GI tract include blockages, tumors, Crohn's disease, bleeding, diverticulitis,
and ulcerative colitis. Certain polyps or tumors of the small or large intestine can be removed by excision of a segment of intestine along with regional lymph nodes. If the polyp or tumor is cancer, the excision and testing of the lymph nodes will allow for planning for further cancer treatments. Diverticulitis is a condition of the colon in which small pouches form and become inflamed in the wall of the colon. The degree of inflammation and scarring from diverticulitis will determine if minimally invasive surgery is an option. The goal of the surgery for diverticulitis is to prevent future episodes of inflammation, bleeding and/or pain.