Abdominal surgery refers to any surgical procedure affecting the abdomen, including weight loss procedures and the treatment of abdominal and gastrointestinal conditions. GI Surgical Specialists specializes in minimally invasive abdominal surgery, including the incisionless ROSE and WiFi procedures, as well as in using laparoscopic and single incision techniques.
Laparoscopic and single incision abdominal surgeries treat:
- Gastric tumors
- Gastritis (inflammation)
- Perforated ulcers
- Crohn’s disease
- Obstructions (blockage)
At GI Surgical Specialists, your surgeon may employ diagnostic tests to further evaluate your abdomen and properly diagnose your individual abdominal disease or condition. Upper Endoscopy or EGD and colonoscopy are two diagnostic tests that your surgeon may suggest before determining which minimally invasive abdominal surgery is right for your particular condition.
These diagnostic tests are incisionless. To further evaluate your intestinal tract, your surgeon will pass a flexible instrument equipped with a light and camera down your throat or through the anus for an internal view of your abdominal cavity. To learn more about laparoscopic diagnostic testing please visit our Diagnostic Procedures page.
Minimally Invasive Abdominal Surgery
Abdominal surgery at GI Surgical Specialists is performed either laparoscopically or with a single incision. During a laparoscopic operation, three to five minor incisions are made in the abdomen and a long, flexible tool called a laparoscope is guided into the abdominal cavity. The laparoscope is equipped with a camera, light and other surgical instruments needed during the operation. Single incision surgery is completed through one incision in the belly button, which eliminates scarring and expedites the recovery process even further.
There are several benefits of minimally invasive abdominal surgery:
- Less postoperative pain
- Shorter hospital stay
- Shorter recovery period
- Faster return to normal activity
- Enhanced cosmetic healing
The camera and light affixed to the laparoscope allow your surgeon to perform the operation by viewing the inside of the abdomen on a monitor within the operating room. The abdominal operation you undergo will vary depending on the medical condition that your laparoscopic procedure intends to treat. The entire procedure is performed while the patient is under general anesthesia.
Not all patients will be able to undergo minimally invasive methods for surgical treatment of their abdominal conditions. Your GI Surgical Specialists surgeon will be able to discuss with you the best possible surgical treatment as well as any potential risks or complications upon further diagnosis of your condition.