Minimally Invasive Gastrointestinal Surgery
In addition to bariatric procedures, UT MIST surgeons perform minimally invasive gastrointestinal (GI) surgery at their Houston practice. With an unsurpassed level of training, our surgeons offer the most advanced minimally invasive technologies and techniques available, including endoscopic, laparoscopic, robotically assisted, and single-incision procedures. Although the UT MIST Center for Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery offers a comprehensive range of GI procedures, the following four are our most common:
- Gastroesophageal Reflux Surgery
- Minimally Invasive Hernia Repair
- Robotic Colon Surgery
- Robotic Solid Organ Surgery
Robotic, Laparoscopic, and Endoscopic Reflux Surgery in Houston
If you suffer from heartburn, also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), stomach acids travel from your stomach to your esophagus, causing a burning sensation between your ribs and in your chest. For some people, GERD can also cause pain and burning in the throat, chronic coughing, or wheezing.
UT MIST surgeons perform minimally invasive robotic procedures to correct common GERD symptoms: Nissen fundoplication reinforces the sphincter between the esophagus and stomach to prevent acid from reaching the esophagus and causing discomfort. In certain cases, incisionless anti-reflux surgery may be an option. For patients with achalasia, Heller myotomy helps relax the sphincter between the esophagus and stomach to improve swallowing. During your consultation, your UT MIST surgeon will recommend the best procedure to relieve your unique GERD symptoms.
Minimally Invasive Hernia Repair
Hernia repair is one of the most common minimally invasive gastrointestinal procedures performed at the UT MIST Center for Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery. Our surgeons perform a full range of hernia operations and employ numerous repair techniques, from open repairs to robotically assisted laparoscopic repairs. Robotic and laparoscopic hernia repairs, when performed by an experienced, skilled surgeon, typically cause fewer complications, less postoperative pain, and reduced infection rates. Patients who opt for minimally invasive hernia repair typically return to their usual routines faster than those who have traditional open repairs.
During your consultation at the UT MIST Center for Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery, your surgeon will explain the advantages and disadvantages of each approach to hernia repair and help you decide on a procedure that is right for you.
Robotic Laparoscopic Colon Surgery
The da Vinci® Surgical System enables UT MIST surgeons to perform minimally invasive laparoscopic colorectal surgery. Some of the most common colorectal diseases treated with robotic surgery include colon polyps, colon cancer, and diverticulitis. Minimally invasive surgery has numerous benefits when compared to open surgery, including fewer incisions, shorter hospital stay, less postoperative pain, and a quicker recovery. Robotic colon surgery at the UT MIST Center for Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery enables patients to resume their lives as quickly as possible. Compared to traditional open surgery for colorectal cancer, robotic colon surgery leads to a faster return of bowel function and return to normal diet. During your consultation at the UT MIST Center for Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery, your surgeon will determine the best procedure for your needs.
Minimally Invasive Robotic Solid Organ Surgery
The highly trained UT MIST surgeons also perform robotic surgery to treat diseases of the solid organs: liver, spleen, kidneys, and pancreas. At the UT MIST Center for Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery, our surgeons are among the most revolutionary adopters of robotic surgery, utilizing the technology to improve patient comfort and outcomes for the following procedures:
- Adrenalectomy: The removal of one or both of the adrenal glands
- Liver and bile duct resection: The removal of part of the liver and/or the bile ducts
- Pancreatectomy: The removal of part or all of the pancreas
- Cholecystectomy: Single-incision gallbladder removal
- Splenectomy: Removal of the spleen
To schedule your consultation with one of the country's leaders in minimally invasive gastrointestinal surgery, phone our Houston office at (713) 892-5500, or request your consultation online.
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