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Non-Robotic General Surgery Procedures

While the term may be “general surgery,” the approaches are anything but general. General surgery encompasses performing a variety of surgical procedures, meaning general surgeons at miVIP Surgery Centers must be well-versed in diagnosis and surgical treatment of a variety of conditions.

To become certified in general surgery, a surgeon may have completed rotations in the following surgical areas, according to the American Board of Surgery:

  • Alimentary tract, including bariatric surgery
  • Abdomen and organ in the abdominal cavity
  • Breast, skin and soft tissue
  • Endocrine system
  • Solid organ transplantation, such as the liver
  • Pediatric surgery
  • Surgical critical care
  • Surgical oncology (head and neck surgery)
  • Trauma, burns and emergency surgeries
  • Vascular surgery


General surgeons also are expected to recognize certain conditions and refer patients as needed. These disciplines include gynecology, urology, orthopaedic injuries and hand surgery.

Surgical Examples

Surgeons at miVIP Surgery Centers are well-versed in a number of surgical procedures. However, some are more commonly performed than others. Some highly performed procedures include:

Cholecystectomy: This procedure involves the surgical removal of the gallbladder due to injury, gallstones or inflammation of the gallbladder or surrounding tissues. This procedure can help relieve symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, fever and jaundice. Although your gallbladder is used as a storage organ for bile, you can live without the organ.

Hiatal Hernia Repair: A hiatal hernia occurs when a portion of the stomach goes up through the hiatus or hole in the diaphragm where the esophagus is inserted. This hernia type can cause belching, heartburn, difficulty swallowing and unexplained fatigue. Large hiatal hernias are associated with being a complicating factor for those with gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. During this procedure, your surgeon will restore the stomach tissue to its proper position and tighten the hiatus to ensure the hernia will not come back.

Inguinal Hernia Repair: When a portion of your soft tissue, most commonly the intestines, pushes against the abdominal wall near the groin, you have a hiatal hernia. Inguinal hernia can cause a visible, sometimes painful, bulge in the groin area. This condition can be harmful because it can impede blood flow to the intestines, which can be a life-threatening occurrence. To correct this condition, your surgeon will pull the intestine away from the tear or hole in the groin and strengthen the cavity with a special mesh.

The Laparoscopic Approach

Non-robotic general surgery procedures can also be performed using open surgical techniques that require a larger surgical incision. However, miVIP Surgery Centers partners with physicians who have the training to perform laparoscopic or minimally invasive surgery. This type involves making small, keyhole-like incisions where your surgeon inserts specialized instruments. A specialized laparoscope, which looks like a thin hose with a camera on the end, also is inserted to allow your surgeon to visualize the inside of your body.

The ability to perform laparoscopic surgery procedures offers several distinct benefits over open surgery procedures. One is cosmetic: You will have much smaller and less-noticeable scarring following the procedure. Laparoscopic surgery also helps to speed recovery times and reduces post-surgical risks because you have less bleeding and discomfort following laparoscopic general surgery.

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