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Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS)

Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS)

Augusta University Health has specially trained surgeons who perform advanced minimally invasive procedures to better serve the surgical needs of patients.

Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS)

Augusta University Health has specially trained surgeons who perform advanced minimally invasive procedures to better serve the surgical needs of patients.

Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) services encompass different types of surgical techniques.  They include:

  • Laparoscopic Surgery: Surgery performed through a number of small incisions in the body that allow tools and cameras access to internal organs.
  • Endoscopic Surgery: Advanced flexible endoscopic surgery requires no incisions, instead, surgeons gain access through natual openings in the body, such as the mouth or anus, to perform procedures.
  • Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS): Similar to laparascopic surgery, however a procedure is performed through one incision rather than multiple. 
  • Robotic Surgery: Surgery performed using the robotic assisted technology of the da Vinci Surgical System, which helps surgeons with visibility, accuarcy and hand stabilty.

It used to be that when you were faced with surgery, open surgery was your only option.  Today, however, there are many surgeries that can be performed using a minimally invasive approach.

Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) services encompass different types of surgical techniques.  They include:

  • Laparoscopic Surgery: Surgery performed through a number of small incisions in the body that allow tools and cameras access to internal organs.
  • Endoscopic Surgery: Advanced flexible endoscopic surgery requires no incisions, instead, surgeons gain access through natual openings in the body, such as the mouth or anus, to perform procedures.
  • Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS): Similar to laparascopic surgery, however a procedure is performed through one incision rather than multiple. 
  • Robotic Surgery: Surgery performed using the robotic assisted technology of the da Vinci Surgical System, which helps surgeons with visibility, accuarcy and hand stabilty.

We strive to provide comprehensive and efficient care to our patients with the purpose of providing quality care and follow-up services using an interdisciplinary approach.

AU Health offers minumally invasive surgery as a surgical alternative to patients with certain disorders who qualify.  The Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) section uses evidence-based guidelines to decide the surgical treatment of our patients.

all digestive diseases, solid organ and abdominal wall disorders. 

Academic Advantage

The Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) Section supports and actively encourages faculty members and staff in the pursuit of several areas of research.

Focus areas of research include:

  • educational/skills curricular research
  • laparoendoscopic outcomes research
  • adrenal disorder outcomes research
  • adrenal translational research focusing on the identification of tumor biomarkers for primary aldosteronism and biomarkers for primary aldosteronism screening
  • obesity outcomes research, and obesity translational research

Faculty and staff in the MIS Section actively collaborate with basic and translational scientists and co-direct translational research programs at Augusta University Medical Center.

We are dedicated to:

Minamally invasive surgery (MIS) is used to perform a wide variety of procedures. See the list of specialty surgeries we do here at Augusta University Health

Adrenal Surgery 

  • Multidisciplinary clinical (endocrine and surgical staff) 
  • Same day service 
  • Comprehensive evaluation of all adrenal-related disorders 
  • Dedicated specialist as part of an adrenal surgery team (radiologist, cardiologist, anesthesiologist) 
  • Laparoscopic adrenal surgery 

Bariatric Surgery 

  • Multidisciplinary, comprehensive bariatric team and support 
  • Medical and surgical weight loss program 
  • Fellowship-trained bariatric surgeons 
  • Laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery 
  • Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy 
  • Laparoscopic gastric banding 

Biliary and Gallbladder Surgery 

  • Laparoscopic and open cholecystectomy 
  • Single incision laparoscopic cholecystectomy 
  • Laparoscopic and open common bile duct exploration 
  • Laparoscopic and open T-tube insertion 
  • Biliary-enteric bypass 
  • Radical cholecystectomy 

Colorectal Surgery: For Benign and Malignant Disease 

  • Laparoscopic and open partial colectomy 
  • Laparoscopic and open total colectomy 
  • Laparscopic and open proctocolectomy 
  • Laparoscopic and open low anterior resection 
  • Laparoscopic and open total mesorectal excision 
  • Hartmann's pouch/procedure 
  • Laparoscopic and open surgery for rectal prolapse 
  • Laparoscopic and open appendectomy 
  • Single incision laparoscopic appendectomy 
  • Laparoscopic and open diverting ostomies 

Colorectal and Anorectal Surgery for inflammatory bowel disease 

  • Ileoanal pouch anastomosis 
  • Ileorectal anastomosis 

Dysmotility Surgery 

  • Laparoscopic and open gastric electric neurostimular (pacer) placement 
  • Surgery for constipation - Partial colectomy, Total colectomy, Rectopexy 

Duodenal Surgery 

  • Partial duodenal resection 
  • Sleeve duodenal resection 
  • Endoscopic resection duodenal masses 

Endoscopic Surgery 

  • Diagnostic EGD 
  • Diagnostic Colonoscopy 
  • Therapeutic EGD 

Biopsy 

Snare polypectomy 

Control hemorrhage 

Endoscopic mucosal resection 

Esophageal stenting 

PEG tube placement 

  • Therapeutic Colonoscopy 

Biopsy 

Snare polypectomy 

Control hemorrhage 

Colonic stenting 

  • ERCP/Sphincterotomy/Biliary Stenting 

Esophageal Surgery 

  • Partial esophagectomy 
  • Gastroesphagectomy 
  • Colonic interposition 
  • Laparoscopic and open heller myotomy for achalasia 

Feeding Access Surgery 

  • PEG/PEJ tube placement 
  • Laparoscopic and open gastrostomy tube placement 
  • Laparoscopic and open feeding jejunostomy 

Gastric Pacer for Refractory Gastroparesis 

Gastric Surgery 

  • Laparoscopic and open partial gastrectomy (benign, cancer) 
  • Laparoscopic and open total gastrectomy (benign, cancer) 
  • Laparoscopic and open resection gastrointestinal stromal tumors 
  • Laparoscopic and open billroth I, billroth II or roux-en-y reconstruction 
  • Laparoscopic and open gastric electric neurostimular (pacer) placement 

Hernia Surgery 

  • Multidisciplinary advance hernia care 
  • Laparoscopic and open inguinal/femoral/obturator hernia repair 
  • Laparoscopic and open ventral/incisional hernia repair 
  • Laparoscopic and open component separation 
  • Laparoscopic and open epigastic, suprapubic, flank hernia repair 
  • Laparoscopic and open lumbar hernia repair 
  • Repair abdominal wall hernia with loss of domain (abdominal wall reconstruction) 
  • Repair complex abdominal wall hernias with biological mesh 

Minimally Invasive Surgery (GI Tract and Solid Organ) 

Outpatient Surgery (Minimally Invasive and Open) 

Pancreatic Surgery 

  • Laparoscopic and open distal pancreatectomy, splenectomy 
  • Laparoscopic and open spleen-sparing distal pancreatectomy 

Reflux Disease Surgery 

  • Laparoscopic and open nissen fundoplication 
  • Laparoscopic and open partial fundoplication 
  • Laparoscopic and open hiatal hernia repair 
  • Laparoscopic and open paraesophageal hernia repair 
  • Laparoscopic and open gastropexy 

Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (Appendix, Gallbladder) 

Solid Organ Surgery 

  • Laparoscopic and open adrenalectomy 
  • Laparoscopic and open splenectomy 
  • Laparoscopic and open distal pancreatectomy 

Surgery for Dysmotility Disorders 

  • Gastric pacer 
  • Constipation surgery 
  • Rectal prolapse surgery 

Ulcer Surgery 

  • Surgery for ulcer perforation 
  • Surgery for bleeding peptic ulcer 
  • Laparoscopic and open antrectomy 
  • Laparoscopic and open pyloroplasty 
  • Laparoscopic and open gastrojejunostomy 
  • Laparoscopic and open truncal vagotomy 
  • Laparoscopic and open highly selective vagotomy 

Anorectal Surgery 

  • Abdominoperineal resection 

Lparoscopic 

Open 

  • Transanal excision of tumors 
  • Hemorrhoid surgery (hemorrhoidectmy, band ligation) 
  • Surgery for fistula in ano (fistulotomy, setons, advancement flaps, fibrin glue) 
  • Surgery for anal fissures (sphincterotomy) 
  • Surgery for perianal condyloma 

Skin and Soft Tissue Surgery 
 
Laparoscopic and Open Surgery for GI and Solid Organ Tumors/Cancers
 

The service has several specialty centers and programs:

Adrenal Center

Center for Obesity and Metabolism

gastroparesis surgical treatment program, providing comprehensive, multidisciplinary care to patients with adrenal disorders, morbid obesity and refractory gastroparesis. The MIS Section is also integrated with the

Digestive Health Center

Special interests and focus within the service also include advanced therapeutic endoscopy, comprehensive open and laparoscopic surgical care for complex abdominal wall hernias, laparoscopic foregut surgery, biliary surgery, inflammatory bowel disease surgical care, colorectal and anorectal surgery, surgical care for gastrointestinal malignancies and solid organ surgery (adrenal, spleen, pancreas).

Otolayngology

Opthamology

Oncology

Neurology

 

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