When medication, lifestyle changes and other non-surgical treatments cannot relieve symptoms, surgery is often the suggested treatment for many conditions. If your doctor recommends surgery, learning about all surgical options can help you to make the best decision for your situation and ease any anxiety you may be feeling about surgery. You may also want to find a doctor who specializes in the procedure and approach for your specific condition.
While all surgeries carry risk, traditional open surgery with a large incision has its specific drawbacks - pain, trauma, long recovery time and risk of infection. Fortunately, less invasive options are available to many patients facing surgery. The most common is conventional laparoscopic surgery. Small incisions are used to insert long-shafted instruments. Laparoscopic surgery is effective for many routine procedures, but has limitations when the procedure, patient's anatomy or condition is challenging or complex.
A New Category in Minimally Invasive Surgery
Thanks to the latest evolution in surgical technology, doctors now have an effective alternative to traditional open and laparoscopic surgery that allows them to offer patients the best of both approaches. With the assistance of the da Vinci® Surgical System, surgeons can operate through tiny incisions of 1-2 cm and with greater vision, precision and control than ever before. da Vinci Surgery is used to treat the following general surgery conditions:
- Gallbladder Disease & Stones
- Stomach Cancer
- Pancreatic Disease (Pancreatitis & Cancer)
- Achalasia (swallowing disorder)
da Vinci Surgery can help surgeons minimize the pain and risk associated with traditional surgery while increasing the likelihood of a fast recovery and excellent clinical outcomes.1,2
Are You a Candidate for da Vinci Surgery?
The following physicians are trained to use the da Vinci Surgical System at Lourdes for general procedures:
- Christian D. Tvetenstrand, MD
Southern Tier Surgical Clinic
161 Riverside Drive, Suite M08
Only you and your doctor can decide if da Vinci Surgery may be right for you.