GI Surgery at Tampa General Hospital
GI surgery, or gastrointestinal surgery, is an effective way to treat many conditions affecting the digestive system. Surgeons can now use minimally invasive techniques when performing digestive surgery, which usually help patients experience less post-operative pain and shorter recovery times compared to traditional open surgery. Types of minimally invasive GI surgery include:
- The LESS procedure – Performed through a 1.2-centimeter incision in the belly button, surgeons can use laparoendoscopic single-site (LESS) surgery for treating gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), swallowing disorders, and pancreatic disorders.
- Laparoscopic surgery – For this procedure, surgeons insert small tubes, tiny video cameras, and surgical instruments through small incisions made on the body to treat a variety of conditions.
- Robotic surgery – The aid of a robotic system give surgeons enhanced precision and visualization, greater access to hard-to-reach areas of the body, and a greater range of motion when conducting a minimally invasive digestive surgery.
- Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) – This angiographic procedure decreases portal hypertension – an increase in blood pressure in the veins of the portal venous system - to help treat bleeding varices and severe liver dysfunction.
Magnetic Sphincter Augmentation utilizing the LINX procedure
TGH now offers Magnetic Sphincter Augmentation utilizing the LINX procedure. This is one of the newest devices for controlling reflux. The LINX® System is a small, flexible ring of magnetic, titanium beads placed just above the stomach around the esophagus using laparoscopy, which is a minimally invasive technique commonly used in various procedures. The magnetic bracelet opens and closes to let food pass through but resists regurgitation of acid and gastric contents from below. The entire procedure typically takes less than an hour and patients are discharged either the same or next day and can resume a normal diet.
Surgeons also still conduct traditional open GI surgery when performing procedures like an organ transplantation of the liver, pancreas, or intestine.
Thanks in part to the expertise of our physicians and advanced surgical techniques, TGH was recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Gastroenterology and GI Surgery in 2017-18. Our team includes gastrointestinal surgeons, colorectal surgeons, oncologic surgeons, and other specialists who utilize cutting-edge technology to conduct digestive surgery. Our benign esophageal disorders program and our pancreatic, hepatic, and biliary cancer programs have also been awarded disease-specific certification from The Joint Commission.