General Surgery - Minimally Invasive
General surgery is a surgical specialty that focuses on abdominal organs including esophagus, stomach, small bowel, colon, liver, pancreas, gallbladder and bile ducts, and often the thyroid gland. They also deal with diseases involving the skin, breast, soft tissue, and hernias.
Most surgeries are now able to be performed by the laparoscopic technique otherwise known as minimally invasive surgery. This is a modern surgical technique in which operations are performed far from their location through small incisions (usually 0.5–1.5 cm) elsewhere in the body.
There are a number of advantages to the patient with laparoscopic surgery versus the more common, open procedure. Pain and hemorrhaging are reduced due to smaller incisions and recovery times are shorter. The key element in laparoscopic surgery is the use of a laparoscope, a long fiber optic cable system which allows viewing of the affected area by snaking the cable from a more distant, but more easily accessible location.
Depending on the surgery you require you may go home the same day or you may be required to spend the night in the hospital.If you are told you require general surgery come to Sacred Heart Hospital and choose from one of our many qualified general surgeons.