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General Surgery

Avoid a long, painful recovery with miVIP's expert general surgery specialists

Using the latest technology and world-class surgeons, miVIP offers the most advanced minimally invasive treatments available. Our miVIP minimally invasive outpatient treatments allow our patients to return to normal daily activities faster and with less pain and discomfort compared to traditional open surgeries. Fully accredited, our world-class general surgical team and compassionate support staff has vast experienced with minimally invasive general surgeries, including laparoscopy, endoscopy and robotic procedures. They also have extensive training and experience with the cutting-edge minimally invasive da Vinci® Surgery System. Recognized as leaders in their respective fields, our general surgeons are highly respected.

The field of minimally invasive surgery is changing and improving rapidly. Innovations constantly improve the patient experience, making for faster procedures with less scarring and discomfort, and faster recovery times. The general surgical team at miVIP incorporates the latest advances in our surgical program. miVIP Surgery Centers are the only outpatient surgical facilities in the world equipped with the latest, most innovative robotic surgical technologies. Our experienced team performs certain procedures laparoscopically with a single incision or port, while using robotic assistance to increase precision and control, and fluorescence imaging to clearly identify and precisely map critical nerve bundles and muscles.

The non-robotic general surgical procedures our expert team offers includes:

  • Cholecystectomy: to remove the gallbladder, usually to treat gallstones, inflammation or other gallbladder diseases.
  • Hiatal Hernia Repair: when the stomach has squeezed through the opening (hiatus) near the esophagus.
  • Inguinal Hernia Repair: when soft tissue (usually the intestine) has squeezed through an opening or tear near the pelvis.

Conditions

General surgery may be recommended to treat a variety of conditions, including:

  • Stomach Cancer: growth of cancerous cells in the stomach.
  • Gallbladder Disease: usually leading to gallstones.
  • Achalasia: restricts the ability of the esophagus to move food to the stomach.
  • Pancreatitis & Pancreatic Cancer: inflammation or growth of cancerous cells in the pancreas.
  • Hiatal Hernia: the stomach moves through the opening (hiatus) near the esophagus.
  • Inguinal Hernia: movement of soft tissue, usually the intestine, through an opening or tear near the pelvis.

Symptoms

In most cases, general surgery patients experience a broad range of symptoms, which our specialists are pleased to be able to diagnose with skill, care and compassion. Common symptoms of conditions that are treated with general surgery include:

  • A bulge on either side of the pubic bone
  • A burning, gurgling or aching sensation at the bulge
  • Pain or discomfort in the groin, especially when bending over, coughing or lifting
  • A heavy or dragging sensation in the groin
  • Weakness or pressure in the groin
  • Pain and swelling in the scrotum around the testicles
  • Heartburn
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Bloody stools
  • Oily stools
  • Vomiting
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Jaundice
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Chest pain that may increase after a meal
  • Chest pain also felt in the back, neck and arms
  • Cough
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea

Treatment Options

  • Open Surgery is often the most effective treatment for many conditions, but traditional open surgery is highly invasive, requiring a large incision, which often leads to a week-long hospital stay and a long recovery.
  • Minimally Invasive Laparoscopic Surgery is performed through small incisions with long-handled instruments and a miniature camera (endoscope). Laparoscopic surgery, however, because of the instruments used, has inherent limitations, especially for complex and delicate procedures.
  • Da Vinci Minimally Invasive Surgery is for certain, pre-screened individuals. Safe and effective, da Vinci Surgery uses the most advanced robotic technology available, enabling your doctor to perform delicate operations with high-definition vision, precise precision and extra-fine control.
  • Chemotherapy (chemo) uses anti-cancer drugs injected into a vein or swallowed as pills, which then enter the bloodstream. Since it reaches all areas of the body, chemo is useful for cancer that has spread.
  • Radiation is focused on a cancerous tumor. This type of therapy is similar to having an x-ray, except that each treatment lasts longer and usually involves five treatments each week over several weeks or months.
  • Medications for early stage Achalasia include several medications, such as long-acting nitrates or calcium channel blockers, which relax the lower esophagus sphincter. The treatment's effect is usually temporary and may cause side effects such as low blood pressure and swollen feet, which you should discuss with your doctor.
  • Botox Injections for Achalasia involve the injection of Botox directly into the esophageal sphincter to help relax the sphincter muscles. Usually for elderly patients or those who are not candidates for surgical treatment, the injections must be repeated since any benefit wears off within weeks or months.
  • Pneumatic (Balloon) Dilation for Achalasia dilates the esophagus where it narrows. After a local anesthetic is applied, a doctor inserts a balloon into the esophagus to stretch the sphincter. Successful in 50% to 80% of cases, this is an outpatient procedure and does not require hospitalization. If successful, the benefits are usually permanent.
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