Gastrointestinal surgery is a procedure for diseases of the areas of the body that are involved in digestion. This includes the esophagus, liver, small intestine, large intestine, and rectum. It involves the liver, gallbladder, and pancreas as well. Surgery can be used to remove cancerous or non-cancer growth or damaged parts of the body, such as the intestine.
Below are gastrointestinal disorders that can be treated with surgery:
Appendicitis, Colon cancers and other stomach cancers, Diverticular illness, Disease of the gallbladder, Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and hiatal hernia, Inflammatory intestinal disorder, Rectoral prolapse, and Loss of weight
A surgical technique called an endoscopy is used to screen and diagnose conditions in the digestive system. The doctor puts a long, thin tube with a tiny camera in the body to see inside.
Options for General Intestinal Surgery
• Endoscopic Surgery
• Laparoscopic Surgery
• Robotic surgery
Minimally Invasive GI Surgical Procedures
Listed below are some types of laparoscopic procedures that are done to treat GI conditions:
Adrenalectomy, Appendectomy, Bariatric Surgery, Cholecystectomy, Colon and Rectal Surgery, Foregut Surgery, Hiatal Hernia Repair, Nissen, Nephrectomy, Pancreatic Surgery, Retroperitoneum Surgery, and Splenectomy
Open GI Surgical Procedures
Abdominal Surgery, Adrenalectomy, Appendectomy, Nissen fundoplication, Roux-en-Y and Whipple Procedure
Recovery time will depend on the surgery and how invasive it is. With a few quick surgeries, including a colonoscopy, you can get back to your everyday activities right away. With more invasive surgery, you will need some time to recover, and some help with post-operative pain control.
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