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Gastrointestinal SurgeryNew York, NY

While eating is an action that many take for granted, it is a complex process to turn the food people consume into nutrients. Any food we consume goes through the gastrointestinal tract which runs through most of the body. If a condition or state of one’s health causes problems with this process, a person may need gastrointestinal surgery.

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The Benefits of Laparoscopic Gastrointestinal Surgery

While there are store-bought medications and lifestyle changes can help with some conditions, surgery is necessary for patients with more severe cases. Some patients will attempt the non-surgical options before going through with surgery, others will choose surgery right away. We can help you to find the treatment that meets your needs.

If you are suffering from gastrointestinal issues and need professional long-lasting treatment, then our gastrointestinal surgery may be the solution you need.

One of the main issues that cause people to pause on seeking professional surgery is the potential risk and scar after. What people may not realize is that laparoscopic surgery is minimally invasive and has multiple benefits in comparison to traditional surgery. Several benefits of laparoscopic gastrointestinal surgery include:

  • A smaller surgical scar following procedure
  • A more efficient recovery time
  • Less time spent in the hospital after the procedure
  • An easier return to daily life following procedure
  • Less chance of a recurrence following procedure

Laparoscopic surgery involves the use of small surgical tools to create several incisions that are smaller than 3 to 4 inches. After making the incisions, we will insert a tube with a small camera into one of them to provide the view of the surgical site. The other holes will allow us to enter the surgical tools into the body without needing a major incision down the abdomen.

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Gastrointestinal surgery can treat multiple conditions in the body, including:

  • Colon issues
  • Digestive health issues
  • Chronic stomach pain
  • Bowel incontinence
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Rectal prolapse

These are only a few of the conditions this surgery can treat. What can make people hold off on seeking professional care for these gastrointestinal issues is the fact that many symptoms mimic casual health issues. People will assume that digestive issues are temporary and avoid seeking professional medical treatment. However, people will typically notice when the symptoms get worse and more frequent.

While over-the-counter medication can help with minor health issues, our services can help address the serious conditions that can cause serious damage to an individual’s health.

What You Need to Know about Surgery

Upon scheduling an appointment with us, we will conduct an examination of the patient’s current condition and review their medical history. This will allow us to learn of any past treatment methods that failed and the severity of the condition. We will then customize the treatment for the patient’s needs and condition.

Preparing for Gastrointestinal Surgery

If we determine that surgery is necessary, we will schedule a date for the surgery and go over any steps that patent may need to take. For instance, we may have the patient take a laxative the night before the surgery. This can help to decrease the chance of an infection following the procedure. Along with that, we may also recommend other steps for the patient to take the night before.

Since some patients are referred to us by other medical professionals, we may not need to take more blood samples or conduct chest X-rays. The procedure itself can take up to several hours in which the patient will be sedated. The number of small incisions will vary on the type of procedure and the patient’s overall condition. In many cases, the openings leave small scars that fade quickly.

Follow-Up Care

Following the surgery, you may need to stay in the hospital a day or two, under medical supervision. After the patient recovers and returns home, we may need to schedule a follow-up appointment as well. We will encourage patients to steadily increase the amount of exercise they get after returning home. Walking and other forms of exercise can help to promote recovery.

If the patient notices any issues following the procedure, we encourage them to call us. We can schedule an appointment, if necessary and will conduct an examination to see if anything is wrong. If you believe you are in need of gastrointestinal surgery or are suffering from related health issues, do not hesitate to give us a call. There is no reason for you to continue to suffer from the pain. Schedule an appointment with us to begin the healing process.

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General & Laparoscopic Surgeons of New York LLP is located at
122 E 76th St #1B
New York, NY
10021
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(212) 548-3267