Minimally Invasive General Surgeries & da Vinci General Surgery
Making Recovery Times Shorter and Easier than EverTraditional open surgical procedures can result in long and painful recoveries. Recently, minimally invasive general surgeries have been developed to make it easier for patients to get back to their normal activities quickly. The da Vinci Surgery System, offered at miVIP, takes this one step further by incorporating single-port robotics and fluorescence into cutting-edge laparoscopic procedures that barely leave a trace. Fluorescence allows surgeons to visualize critical muscles and nerve bundles, making it easier to identify and map these structures.
Surgical treatments that use the da Vinci general surgery technology keep incisions to a minimum with extremely narrow instruments that create keyhole-like openings. Pain and bleeding is significantly less noticeable after this minimally invasive general surgery than it would be after a more traditional treatment. In fact, da Vinci general surgery often causes no scarring whatsoever. Procedures that make use of robotic assistance at miVIP usually don’t require hospitalization afterwards.
Common Procedures Performed with the da Vinci Surgery SystemDa Vinci general surgery includes both robotic and non-robotic procedures. Common robotic procedures performed by surgeons at miVIP include the following:
- Single-Port Cholecystectomy – a means of removing a gallbladder that is blocked by gallstones or a porcelain gallbladder with calcified cells
- Heller Myotomy – a method for treating an esophageal condition known as achalasia, which causes difficulty with swallowing
- Cholecystectomy – a procedure for removing a gallstone-blocked, inflamed or otherwise diseased gallbladder
- Hiatal Hernia Repair – correction of an abnormality of the stomach on the esophageal end
- Inguinal Hernia Repair – correction of an abnormality of soft tissue (usually from the intestine) that is protruding through a tear in the pelvic area.
- Laparoscopic Heller Myotomy – minimally invasive surgery to cut the lower esophagus to open the valve between the stomach and the esophagus, performed to ease difficulty in swallowing.
- Umbilical Hernia Repair – surgery to repair an umbilical hernia that has not disappeared by age three, or on any hernia that appears in adulthood.
- Ventral Hernia Repair – fixing of openings or tears in the abdominal wall to provide reinforcement.
ConditionsThe da Vinci technologies can be used for a wide variety of conditions, including the following:
- Gallbladder Disease
- Gallbladder Polyps
- Gallbladder Blockage
- Biliary Dyskinesia
- Porcelain Gallbladder Calcified Gallbladder
- Hiatal Hernia
- Inguinal Hernia
- Ventral Hernia
- Umbilical Hernia
SymptomsSymptoms of the above conditions vary significantly, but may include the following:
- Bulges on either side of the pubic area, possibly accompanied by a burning, aching or gurgling sensation
- Pain, discomfort or a dragging sensation in the groin, particularly when lifting objects, coughing or bending over
- Heartburn, chest pain and other symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Painful and swollen testicles
- Diarrhea and/or stools that appear oily or bloody
- Unexplained weight loss
- Nausea and vomiting
- Difficulty swallowing
- Jaundice (yellowish coloring of the skin and whites of eyes)