GI Surgery at Tampa General Hospital
GI surgery, or gastrointestinal surgery, is an effective way to treat many conditions affecting the digestive system. The gastrointestinal surgeons at Tampa General Hospital can often use minimally invasive techniques when performing digestive surgery, which usually means our patients experience less post-operative pain and shorter recovery times compared to traditional open surgery.
Types of GI 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® Reflux Management System
Tampa General Hospital offers another minimally invasive option, called magnetic sphincter augmentation. We use the LINX® Reflux Management System in this procedure.
LINX® is one of the newest devices for controlling acid reflux and is a small, flexible ring of magnetic, titanium beads placed just above the stomach around the esophagus. The ring is placed 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.
Open GI Surgery
Surgeons at TGH also still conduct traditional open GI surgery when performing procedures like an organ transplantation of the liver, pancreas or intestine.
Ensuring World-Class Outcomes with ERAS
At TGH, our patients are our priority and providing them with the best surgical outcomes is our goal. For this reason, we follow ERAS (Enhanced Recovery After Surgery) protocols for GI surgery. ERAS is not a treatment, but is a comprehensive clinical pathway of care before, during and following surgery.
The main goals of ERAS are to:
- Keep hospital stays short
- Properly address post-operative pain levels
- Help patients get up and move around within a day following surgery
- Ensure patients recover as quickly as possible
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 2019-20. Our multidisciplinary 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.