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Meridian Digestive / GI Surgery

Specializing in Gallbladder, Colon, Hernia & Gastroparesis

A multidisciplinary team approaches help our patients receive the care they need on an individual basis. In addition, our utilization of pre-operative education, minimally invasive surgical techniques, and Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) protocols will help you recover more quickly from your surgery.

Gallbladder Removal

Gall bladder removal is the most popular treatment for gallbladder symptoms and involves the complete removal of the gallbladders along with any stones that are present. Gallbladder removal can be performed using either minimally invasive (laparoscopic or robotic surgery) or traditional surgery techniques.

Colon and Rectal Surgery

Our surgeons use various procedures to treat both benign and malignant, or cancerous, colon problems.

A colectomy is a type of colorectal surgery that focuses on removing part or all of the colon that has colorectal cancer symptoms. The procedure generally includes the removal of nearby lymph nodes as well. When a portion of the colon is removed, it would be referred to as a partial colectomy, a segmental resection, or a hemicolectomy. In this procedure, the robotic colorectal surgeon removes some portion of the colon, particularly the area that contains cancer and some of the healthy tissues on either side of the cancerous tissue. In most cases, a colectomy calls for approximately one-third of the colon to be removed depending on the location and size of the cancer. A total colectomy is when the lymph nodes in the surrounding area are removed with the entire colon.

The latest advancement in colorectal surgery is robotic colorectal surgery for colorectal cancer. This superior technology allows enhanced precision, control, and visualization during this delicate procedure. By using this procedure patient outcomes typically result in faster recovery, decreased pain, and decreased rates of complications. Since our robotic colorectal surgeons started the robotic colorectal surgery program for their patients, the length of stay in the hospital has decreased by 50%, patients have reduced need for pain medications, and are having fewer recovery complications.

Hiatal Hernia and Reflux Surgery

Hiatal hernias occur when some portion of the stomach pushes up through the diaphragm and then into the area of the chest. This condition can cause some very noticeable and sometimes severe symptoms of acid reflux. In addition, some patients have acid reflux symptoms even without a hiatal hernia. A standard first step for treatment is to take medications designed to manage the acid reflux symptoms. If the first step is not successful, the doctor will most likely recommend surgery for reflux and hiatal hernia.

A hiatal hernia can be repaired utilizing robotic surgery to pull the stomach back into the abdomen and reduce the size of the opening in the diaphragm. Furthermore, it is also possible that the surgical procedure will involve the removal of hernia sacs or reconstructing the esophageal sphincter muscle to prevent further reflux.

It should be noted that not everyone with a hiatal hernia needs surgery to have their issues corrected. In general, surgery is only indicated in cases where other treatments are ineffective. However, if the patient is experiencing dangerous hernia symptoms such as the following, hiatal hernia surgery may be the only reasonable alternative.

  • Narrowing of the esophagus
  • Scarring
  • Bleeding
  • Formation of ulcers.
  • Upper abdominal/chest pain
  • Recurrent pneumonia from aspiration

To learn more about the surgical procedures performed by Medical Arts Surgical Group, please visit https://www.medicalartssg.com/


Area's Only Minimally Invasive Surgery for Gastroparesis

Anderson’s award winning surgical team excels in gastric procedures such as small intestine surgery, treatment of bowel obstruction, and gastroparesis management.

Gastroparesis Treatment

Anderson Regional Medical Center is the area’s only hospital offering a minimally invasive surgical procedure for the treatment of gastroparesis. This is a serious condition where the stomach muscles work poorly or not at all and results in chronic nausea and vomiting. It has many possible causes and is of particular concern to the increasing U.S. diabetes population, as it is estimated to affect about five percent of people with diabetes.

How the Procedure Worksmedtronic enterra stimulator

In this procedure, a surgeon implants a small medical device, called a neurostimulator, under the skin in the lower abdominal region. Two insulated wires, called leads, are implanted in the stomach wall muscle and then connected to the neurostimulator, which delivers mild electrical pulses through the leads to stimulate the smooth muscles of the lower stomach. After the device is implanted, the doctor uses a handheld, external programmer to non-invasively adjust the neurostimulator and customize the stimulation to each patient’s needs. The neurostimulator can be turned on and off at any time using the physician programmer.

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Gastroparesis

Dr. Dru Denison discusses gastroparesis, a serious condition in which the stomach muscles work poorly or not at all and results in chronic nausea and vomiting. Anderson Regional Medical Center offers the area's only minimally invasive surgical procedure for the treatment of gastroparesis.

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