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Gastrointestinal Procedures


 Reducing the impact of surgery on your life is the most human thing we can do.

Surgeons on the medical staff across the Texas Health system utilize the latest robotic-assisted technology, training and expertise to offer patients a wide range of minimally invasive procedures.

Use the pulldown menu below to browse some of the many minimally invasive gastrointestinal (G.I.) procedures offered at the hospitals of Texas Health Resources:

 


 Colectomy 

A laparoscopic colectomy uses site-site minimally invasive techniques to remove the colon using several small incisions.

Whereas traditional removal of the colon required one larger incision, the laparoscopic approach uses several small incisions of one-half inch or less. The use of smaller incisions leads to less pain after surgery, less time in the hospital, and a quicker return to work and full activity.

This specialized procedure cannot be performed on all patients who need colon surgery. 

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Colon Resection

In a laparoscopic colon resection surgery, several small incisions are made in the abdomen and the diseased portion of the colon is carefully dissected and removed.

In the past, a large abdominal incision was required for a colon resection, resulting in significant pain after surgery.

With recent advances in minimally invasive technology, this procedure can now be performed laparoscopically and thus avoiding the need for a large incision. This approach also reduces post-surgical pain and cuts length of hospital by several days.

Many patients can now return to work in as little as two to three weeks.

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 Heller Myotomy (Robotic)

Heller myotomy is a laparoscopic minimally invasive procedure used to treat achalasia, a rare disorder of the esophagus.

A robotic Heller myotomy may be recommended if a patient shows signs of achalasia, such as:

  • Gastroesophageal reflux (acid reflux)
  • Chest pain
  • Dysphagia (difficulty swallowing)  
  • Heartburn 

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 Hiatal Hernia Repair

A paraesophageal hernia, or hiatal hernia, is a condition in which a portion of the stomach protrudes upward into the chest, through an opening in the diaphragm. Hiatal hernias are very common, especially in people over 50 years old, and can be repaired with a single-site minimally invasive laparoscopy procedure.

Hiatal hernia repair may be recommended if a patient has:

  • Heartburn, worse when bending or lying down
  • Chest pain
  • Dysphagia (difficulty swallowing)
  • Inflammation of the esophagus from gastroesophageal reflux (acid reflux)

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Nissen Fundoplication

Nissen fundoplication is a procedure designed to strengthen the stomach valve and prevent stomach acids from being forced back into the esophagus.

The procedure has been traditionally performed as an open surgery requiring an incision 6 to 10 inches long. Because of the large abdominal incision, recovery was lengthy and painful.

Today, Nissen fundoplication can be performed laparoscopically, allowing patients to experience minimal pain and faster recovery. Patients lose less blood during laparoscopic surgery than during traditional surgery, and experience fewer infections and other complications as a result of surgery.

Most patients can return to work in a couple of weeks.

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Radiofrequency Ablation of Barrett's Esophagus

Barrett's esophagus is a condition in which the color and composition of the cells lining in the lower esophagus change, usually because of repeated exposure to stomach acid.

A small number of people with Barrett's esophagus develop a rare but often deadly type of cancer of the esophagus.

In the past, the standard treatment for Barrett's esophagus has been to watch for precancerous changes called dysplasia and, in the most severe cases, completely remove the patient's esophagus.

Now a new outpatient procedure allows doctors on the medical staff at Texas Health Dallas to treat Barrett's tissue with radio-frequency ablation (RFA). The RFA procedure involves no incisions. A tiny camera, along with a specialized balloon, is placed in the patient's esophagus.

The balloon then delivers a short burst of energy that safely burns out the Barrett's tissue.

 

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Ventral Hernia Repair

A ventral hernia is caused by a tear or bulge in the abdominal wall due to weakened muscles at the site of a prior surgical incision.

With the development of single-site minimally invasive surgical technology, surgeons are able to repair ventral hernias laparoscopically through a series of incisions around a patient's umbilicus.

Once the hernia is pushed back into the abdomen, a surgical mesh can be inserted to reinforce the abdominal wall.  

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