The Division of General Surgery is dedicated to performing surgical procedures using minimal access techniques whenever possible, so that patients may enjoy faster recovery and fewer post-surgical complications. As such, the division has become a leader in laparoscopic, and endoscopic, surgery in the full range of subspecialties. Division surgeons include many of the most accomplished and proficient surgeons in the country, who routinely employ minimal access techniques in of most abdominal disorders, including hernias, and conditions of the stomach, intestines, gallbladder, and spleen.
Minimal access surgery is completed with one or more small incisions instead of a large incision. The surgeon passes a telescope with video camera through a small incision (usually only 1/4" long) into a body cavity. The surgeon then views the surgery on a TV monitor. Surgical instruments are then passed through other similar little incisions. The surgeon examines and operates on the area in question by viewing magnified images on a television. When the telescope is used to operate on the abdomen, the procedure is called laparoscopy. When used in the chest, the procedure is called thoracoscopy, and when used in a joint, it is called arthroscopy.