The gallbladder functions as a reservoir for bile secreted by the liver. Disorders of the gallbladder are caused by the tendency to form stones which can lead to pain episodes associated with fatty meals. Minimally invasive surgery is the standard of care for taking the gallbladder out, which is same-day surgery.
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Inflammation of the appendix is the most common disorder to affect that part of the digestive system. Laparoscopic removal of the appendix is the standard of care for acute appendicitis. Consult a physician when you experience an unresolved right lower quadrant abdominal pain.
The pancreas is a solid organ that lays across the abdominal cavity towards the back. It has endocrine and exocrine functions. A wide variety of cystic and solid lesions can affect the pancreas. Most commonly found incidentally on imaging done for other reasons. All lesions of the pancreas need to be evaluated by an expert surgeon as many of them can lead to cancer.
Hernias are protrusion of organs through a defect in the muscle wall. They come in all different sizes and shapes. There are many ways to fix a hernia but only an expert can minimize your risk of recurrence after surgery.
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Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in American women. All women starting at the age of 40 should start having yearly screening mammograms. Start at an earlier age for high-risk individuals. Any abnormal lesions seen on a mammogram should be evaluated by a surgeon.
Cancer colon is the third leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Other benign colon disorders are also very common like diverticulosis. Minimally invasive surgery has revolutionized colon procedures in the last 20 years with faster recovery and shorter hospital stays.
Disorders of the spleen can significantly affect the normal constitution and function of blood components leading to significant bleeding and easily bruising. Minimally invasive approaches are now a valid option for most cases.
Most disorders of the stomach can be diagnosed with upper endoscopy which is an outpatient procedure done under sedation.
Stomach cancer is a leading causer for cancer-related deaths in the world. Surgeries on the stomach can be done using minimally invasive techniques in a lot of cases serving faster recovery and shorter hospital stay.
Many complex abdominal tumors can arise in or around the digestive system. Many cases are discovered incidentally on CT scans done for other reasons or for subtle symptoms. The approach for treating these kinds of tumors requires a multidisciplinary team including a surgeon, an oncologist and other specialists.
Incisional hernia has been on the rise due to the increase in surgical procedures performed. Complex abdominal hernias can be very challenging and hard to fix. Abdominal wall reconstruction is a complex procedure that restores the integrity of the abdominal wall muscles and significantly improves the quality of life.
Colonoscopy is the gold standard for colon cancer screening. Everyone should have a colonoscopy at the age of 50, earlier if family history of colon cancer exists. Colonoscopy serves as a diagnostic and therapeutic procedure. It is an outpatient procedure performed under moderate sedation.
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