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At Summit Bariatric and Robotic Surgical Specialists, we offer various general surgery options, including the surgical management of heartburn and acid reflux, gallbladder removal, and hernia repair. Our minimally-invasive procedures are performed using the da Vinci Robot-Assisted Surgical System. This state-of-the-art technology surgical system allows for smaller incisions and less post-surgical recovery time.
Gallbladder removal surgery, also known as laparoscopic cholecystectomy, is a surgical procedure used to remove the gallbladder. The gallbladder is a small organ located beneath the liver, and its primary function is to store bile, a digestive fluid produced by the liver. Gallbladder removal is typically recommended when individuals suffer from gallstones or gallbladder disease, which can cause significant pain and discomfort.
Minimally invasive gallbladder removal surgery usually results in a shorter hospital stay compared to traditional open surgery, and most patients can return home the same day or the day after the procedure. Recovery time varies but is generally faster than with open surgery, and patients can usually resume normal activities within a few weeks.
Hernia repair surgery is a medical procedure performed to treat a hernia, a common condition in which an organ or tissue protrudes through a weak spot or opening in the muscles or connective tissue that normally holds it in place. Hernias can occur in various parts of the body, but the most common types are inguinal hernias (in the groin area), umbilical hernias (around the belly button), and incisional hernias (at the site of a previous surgical incision).
Hernia repair surgery aims to alleviate the discomfort and potential complications associated with hernias, allowing patients to regain their quality of life and normal activities. Most patients can return to their normal activities within a few weeks but should avoid heavy lifting and strenuous activities during the initial recovery period.
SURGERY FOR GERD
Surgery for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), also known as anti-reflux surgery or fundoplication, is a medical procedure performed to alleviate chronic and severe symptoms of GERD that do not respond adequately to lifestyle changes or medication. GERD is a condition in which stomach acid and contents flow backward into the esophagus, causing symptoms such as heartburn, regurgitation, chest pain, and difficulty swallowing.
Surgery for GERD is typically considered when conservative treatments like lifestyle modifications (diet and exercise changes) and medications (antacids, proton pump inhibitors) fail to provide sufficient relief from symptoms. Candidates for surgery often have severe and persistent GERD symptoms or complications like esophagitis, strictures, or Barrett's esophagus.
Most patients can go home within a day or two following surgery for GERD. Recovery time may vary, but many patients can resume light activities within a week and return to normal activities within a few weeks.
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