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Laparoscopic Surgery

Laparoscopic surgery is an expanding and exciting area of general surgery. First developed and used by gynecologists for the diagnosis of pelvic issues and for use during tubal ligations, laparoscopic surgery is now used across all fields of medicine.

This technique allows for much smaller incision sites as surgeons work via camera rather than fully opening the patient to reach the surgery site. As the technology and cameras advance, the field continues to grow as it pushes the cutting edge of medical science.

The basic technique calls for the patient to undergo general anesthesia. Then, the patient's abdomen is insufflated with carbon dioxide to enhance visibility. Multiple small punctures are made and small ports are placed through the abdominal wall. These ports allow instruments to be placed into the abdominal cavity, allowing the insertion of various instruments, including the camera.

At University Surgical Associates PC we currently us laparoscopic techniques to:

  • Remove the Gallbladder
  • Relux Surgeries
  • Colon Surgery
  • Appendectomies
  • Hernia Repairs

Additionally, Dr. Bradley Bilton uses the laparoscope to perform bariatric surgery.

Dr. Bradley Bilton acquired a fellowship in laparoscopic surgeries and perform many of these procedures, however all four of our surgeons use the laparoscope for abdominal surgeries.

Most laparoscopic procedures are done on an out-patient basis. Using this technique has greatly improved our ability to treat patients in a manner that is comfortable, expedient and effective. With this approach, patients can recover faster as they seek to return to their normal routine. As the field continues to grow we sincerely hope more uses will be found for laparoscopic surgery.

Colon and Rectal Surgery

Colon and Rectal Surgery involves the colon, rectum and anus. This branch of surgery typically calls for the removal of portions of the colon due to the presence of tumors.

All four surgeons at University Surgical Associates deal with proctology, that branch of surgery dealing with the rectum and anus. Rectal surgeries for common problems such as

  • Hemorrhoids
  • Fissures
  • Fistulas
  • Abscesses

These procedures can usually be performed comfortably in the office or at outpatient centers under light sedation with supplemental local anesthesia. Return to full activity is swift.

Please note, we also specialize in painless, non-operative treatments for bothersome or bleeding hemorrhoids.