General Surgery Procedures
Single-Site™ da Vinci ® Surgery for Gallbladder Disease (Cholecystectomy)To control or eliminate severe gallbladder symptoms, your doctor may recommend surgeryto remove your gallbladder. Fortunately, the gallbladder is an organ that you can live without.
If you’ve been told you need gallbladder surgery, ask your doctor about Single-Site da Vinci Surgery. It is minimally invasive - performed through a single small incision using state-of-the-art technology.
Patients who choose Single-Site da Vinci Surgery experience virtually scarless results. That’s because the surgeon operates through only one small incision in the navel (belly button). After a fast recovery, the scar is almost impossible to see.
Hiatal HerniaRobotic fundoplication for Hiatal Hernia
Robotic fundoplication can also be used to repair a hiatal hernia, in which the stomach protrudes up through a small opening in the diaphragm muscle called the hiatus.
A fistula is an abnormal connection between two organs that normally do not connect. There are many types of fistulas – some of the more common include:
Vesicovaginal fistula: connection between the bladder and the vagina. This results in a continuous uncontrollable drainage of urine from the bladder into the vagina. They typically occur after pelvic surgery (hysterectomy), childbirth, and radiation exposure.
Rectovaginal fistula: connection between the rectum and the vagina. This results in the passage of gas and possibly stools from the rectum into the vagina. This may occur after childbirth and may be associated with certain diseases of the gastrointestinal tract.
Urethrovaginal fistula: Connection between the urethra and vagina. This results in drainage of urine from the urethra into the vagina and result in leakage of urine from the vagina when one stands up after urination or splaying of the urinary stream. This may occur due to trauma, childbirth, complications due to other surgeries, or pessaries that are left in too long.
The majority of fistulas can be treated with repair through the vagina. In some instances a flap of fat from underneath the labia or a flap of skin and muscle may be needed to support the repair especially in instances of recurrent fistulas. Abdominal or Robotic assisted laparoscopic repairs are also options when the vaginal anatomy prevents adequate exposure or when there has been multiple prior vaginal repairs that have failed. But in general most repairs are done vaginally to provide for the quickest recovery without potential complications that can come with any abdominal approach.
Esophagus (Resection of esophageal diverticulum)
Springfield Regional performs robotic procedures for a growing number of benign conditions of the esophagus (the long tube connecting the back of the throat to the stomach). Robotic surgery is ideally suited for these conditions, since it allows full access to the esophagus through a series of pencil-sized incisions in the abdomen or in the chest wall, without the need for a large abdominal incision—resulting in less post-operative discomfort and scarring and faster recovery.
An esophogeal diverticulum is a protruding pouch in the esophagus, caused by a weakness in the esophageal lining. Symptoms may include regurgitation of food and difficulty swallowing. In this procedure, the weak area of the esophagus is surgically removed and the remaining parts of the esophagus are joined together.a