Gastrointestinal conditions can range from an annoying case of chronic heartburn to more serious diseases such cancer. At Legacy Emanuel, Legacy Good Samaritan, Legacy Meridian Park and Legacy Silverton medical centers, we're able to treat a wide range of GI diseases using a robotic surgical system.
This laparoscopic surgical robot allows your surgeon's hand movements to be scaled down and translated into precise movements of micro-instruments within the operative site. This enhances their ability to perform complex, minimally invasive procedures with the best possible results. It also requires only a few small incisions, which means you can get back to daily life far more quickly than with traditional open surgery.
Nissen fundoplication to treat chronic heartburn
Gastroesophageal reflux disease is a common disorder that affects an estimated 21 million Americans. Also known as chronic heartburn, it's caused by stomach acid that backs up into the esophagus, causing burning pain and irritation.
Laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication surgery is the most common surgery used to treat chronic heartburn. This minimally invasive procedure strengthens the valve between the esophagus and the stomach, which keeps acid from backing up.
Obesity is a serious medical condition affecting more than a quarter of the U.S. population. It's also a progressive disease that often contributes the development of other serious health problems, such as diabetes, heart disease, sleep apnea, arthritis and even cancer.
If your doctor recommends surgery to control your weight, you may be a candidate for minimally invasive, or robotic, Gastric Bypass. This minimally invasive system is designed to help your surgeon see vital anatomical structures more clearly and perform with far more precision than traditional open surgery.
Rectal cancer surgery
Colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon or rectum) is the third most common form of cancer for both men and women. If you've been diagnosed with rectal cancer, surgery is usually the most common and effective form of treatment.
Minimally invasive robotic-assisted surgery requires only five small incisions and a shorter recovery time than open surgery. It also means a much quicker return normal diet and bowel function.
Single-site da Vinci surgery for gallbladder disease
To control or eliminate severe gallbladder symptoms, your doctor may recommend surgery to remove your gallbladder. If you've been told you need gallbladder surgery, you may be a candidate for Single-site da Vinci Surgery. It is minimally invasive - performed through a small incision in the naval (belly button) using state-of-the-art technology.
Stomach, pancreas, and adrenal surgery
The robot is allowing surgeons to develop more advanced minimally invasive procedures for diseases involving the upper GI tract as well. Discuss with your surgeon whether this approach could be helpful in your case.