Abdominal surgery is surgery that involves the opening of the abdominal cavity. It typically involves the treatment of diseases, conditions or injuries involving the lower digestive tract (stomach and bowels), liver, gallbladder, pancreas, bile ducts, or surrounding soft tissues. These procedures may be performed on an inpatient or outpatient basis and may be accomplished using traditional open incision or minimally invasive techniques.
Did you know that our surgeons are committed to remaining at the forefront of advancements in medical technology? That is why our team is skilled in laparoscopic techniques, which have revolutionized the way abdominal surgeries are performed in the U.S. Many of the same procedures that would have required weeks of recovery and several days in the hospital just two decades ago can now be performed using tiny incisions that leave minimal scarring.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are some of the most common abdominal surgeries?
General abdominal procedures can include the repair or removal of abdominal tissues and organs. Examples of common abdominal procedures include those to remove the appendix (appendectomy), gall bladder removal, and hernia repair. We also perform operations to remove malignant tumors and lesions, as well as benign growths, such as lipomas.
What happens during an abdominal surgery?
All abdominal surgeries are performed with the use of general anesthesia in a hospital setting. The procedure varies depending on whether it is being performed openly or using minimally invasive techniques. In most open abdominal surgeries, a five to seven-inch incision is made in the abdomen near the targeted treatment site. In a minimally invasive procedure, several tiny openings are made in the abdomen through which the surgeon can operate using laparoscopic tools.
How long will I have to stay in the hospital following an abdominal surgery?
Every patient’s recovery time will vary according to the type of procedure performed and other factors, such as health and age. However, many people who undergo minimally invasive abdominal procedures can go home the same day or after just one night in the hospital due to smaller incisions and a low risk of complication. Furthermore, these same patients may enjoy an expedited recovery time, with many returning to work in just one to two weeks.