General Surgery

Doctors often recommend surgery when medicine and lifestyle changes cannot ease your abdominal or gastrointestinal symptoms. If you are a candidate for surgery, learn about all your surgical options in order to make the best decision for your situation.

Surgery is often an effective treatment for many abdominal and GI conditions, but traditional open surgery with a large incision is highly invasive. Open surgery may also require a long hospital stay and lengthy recovery.

Fortunately, there are minimally invasive surgical options. The most common is laparoscopic surgery. Surgeons make a few small incisions and insert a tiny camera and a long-handled instrument into your abdomen. Traditional laparoscopy is effective for many routine procedures, but the rigid surgical instruments can be technically challenging for delicate or complex operations.

The da Vinci® Surgical System is another minimally invasive option for patients facing abdominal or gastrointestinal surgery. Instead of large abdominal incisions used in open surgery, our da Vinci® surgeons make a few small incisions similar to traditional laparoscopy. However, the da Vinci® System features special robotic instruments that bend and rotate far further than the human wrist. As a result, your surgeon is able to operate with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity, and control.

Conditions Treated

  • Gall bladder removal
  • Hernia repair
  • Colorectal surgery
  • Sleeve gastroectomy
  • Gastric bypass surgery

da Vinci® General Surgeons

Our surgeons are regional leaders for minimally invasive da Vinci® procedures.

  • Kurt Bamberger, MD
  • Robert J Howard, DO – Regional leader and exclusively trained for single-incision surgery for gall bladder removal
  • Stephan R. Myers, MD – Leader in the Northeast region for robotic bariatric surgery
  • Frank M. Carter, MD
  • Terrance P. Hanley, MD

da Vinci® General Procedures

  • da Vinci® Bariatric Surgery
  • da Vinci® Heller Myotomy
  • da Vinci® Cholecystectomy

For more information, call 484-628-HELP (4357).