If your doctor finds an adrenal gland tumor or thinks you might have one, you may need blood and urine tests. These will show if the tumor is making extra hormones. You might also need imaging tests, such as a CAT scan (CT scan), MRI, or other scans to find the tumor.
If the tumor is small and not causing health problems, your doctor might just check it with repeat blood or urine tests and a scan every year. If it is large, might be cancerous, or makes extra hormones, your doctor will probably recommend surgery to remove it.
Approximately 600,000 inguinal or groin hernia repair operations are performed annually in the United States. Some are performed by an open method. Some hernia repairs are performed using minimally invasive approaches, such as with a small telescope known as a laparoscope or with a robotic surgical system. If your surgeon has recommended a hernia repair, this brochure can help you understand what is an inguinal hernia and what are your treatment options.
Appendicitis is one of the most common surgical problems. One out of every 2,000 people has an appendectomy sometime during their lifetime. Treatment requires an operation to remove the infected appendix.
ERCP is a procedure that enables your physician to examine the pancreatic and bile ducts. A bendable, lighted tube (endoscope) about the thickness of your index finger is placed through your mouth and into your stomach and first part of the small intestine (duodenum). In the duodenum a small opening is identified (ampulla) and a small plastic tube (cannula) is passed through the endoscope and into this opening. Dye (contrast material) is injected and X-rays are taken to study the ducts of the pancreas and liver.
Gallbladder removal is one of the most commonly performed surgical procedures. Gallbladder removal surgery is usually performed with minimally invasive techniques and the medical name for this procedure is “Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy”.
Upper Endoscopy (also known as gastroscopy, EGD, or esophagogastroduodenoscopy) is a procedure that enables your surgeon to examine the lining of the esophagus (swallowing tube), stomach and duodenum (first portion of the small intestine). A bendable, lighted tube about the thickness of your little finger is placed through your mouth and into the stomach and duodenum.
Laparoscopic ventral hernia repair is a technique to fix tears or openings in the abdominal wall using small incisions, laparoscopes (small telescopes inserted into the abdomen) and a patch (screen or mesh) to reinforce the abdominal wall. It may offer a quicker return to work and normal activities with decreased pain for some patients.
Laparoscopic surgery for obesity is for people who are severely overweight. Laparoscopy involves using a specialized telescope (laparoscope) to view the stomach, which typically allows smaller abdominal incisions. This brochure will explain: 1) What is severe (morbid) obesity?; 2) Medical and surgical treatment options for severe obesity; 3) How laparoscopic obesity surgery is performed; 4) Expected outcomes of the procedure; 5) What can be expected after laparoscopic obesity surgery
The spleen is a blood filled organ located in the upper left abdominal cavity. It is a storage organ for red blood cells and contains many specialized white blood cells called “macrophages” (disease fighting cells) which act to filter blood. The spleen is part of the immune system and also removes old and damaged blood particles from your system. The spleen helps the body identify and kill bacteria. The spleen can affect the platelet count, the red blood cell count and even the white blood count.
Each year, more than 600,000 surgical procedures are performed in the United States to treat a number of colon diseases. Patients undergo colon surgery for a number of conditions including: colorectal cancer, polyps, inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis), colonic inertia, stricture of the colon and diverticulitis surgery to remove all or part of your colon is known as colectomy.