A wide variety of conditions, both cancerous and non-cancerous, can affect a person’s gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Some of those conditions include:
- Gallbladder Disease & Stones
- Stomach Cancer
- Pancreatic Disease (Pancreatitis & Cancer)
- Achalasia (swallowing disorder)
When medication, lifestyle changes and other non-surgical treatments cannot relieve symptoms, surgery is the accepted treatment for a wide range of GI conditions.
No matter how routine the procedure, surgery can be a scary proposition for a patient. Learning as much as you can about your surgical options and finding the right doctor can ease the anxiety you may be feeling about surgery and help you to make the best treatment choice.
While surgery is generally the most effective treatment for many conditions, traditional open surgery is highly invasive; it requires a large incision that often leads to a hospital stay of a week or more and lengthy recovery of up to six weeks.1,2
In fact, open surgery is rarely used for certain procedures such as gastric bypass. This is due to both the drawbacks of open surgery and the widespread success of minimally invasive bariatric (weight loss) surgery. Fortunately, minimally invasive options are available to many patients facing not only gastric bypass surgery, but many other types of procedures.
Minimally Invasive Surgery
Fortunately, less invasive options are available to many patients facing, not only gastric bypass surgery, but many other types of procedures. With traditional laparoscopic surgery, doctors operate through smaller incisions, using long-handled instruments and a tiny camera (endoscope) or similar device. But, laparoscopic surgery has inherent limitations, particularly for very complex and delicate operations due to the instruments used.