General Abdominal

General Abdominal Conditions

It may have started as a pain somewhere in your abdomen. Maybe it came on suddenly or grew gradually over several days. Symptoms of abdominal conditions can appear in any of a number of ways. It's important to consult your doctor if you have any of these symptoms. If you already have, you may have been diagnosed with:

Now, it's time to think about treatment. While most abdominal conditions can be treated with medication, others require surgery. And in some cases, time is of the essence so surgery must take place immediately to keep the condition from becoming more serious.

Minimally invasive abdominal surgery

The more you know about your surgery options in advance, the better decisions you'll be able to make regarding treatment. All three of these conditions have traditionally been treated by “open” surgery, which requires a large incision. But they may also be treated using a minimally invasive approach.

In minimally invasive surgery, also known as a laparoscopic procedure, no large incisions are made. Instead, your surgeon makes several small incisions and performs the surgery using specialized devices and a miniature video camera called a laparoscope that allows the surgeon to see inside your abdomen. Minimally invasive procedures aren't appropriate for all patients. It's up to you and your doctor to make the best choice for your specific condition.

Both types of surgery are equally effective in treating acute abdominal conditions, but a minimally invasive procedure can result in:

  • less pain after surgery
  • less scarring
  • a shorter hospital stay
  • a faster recovery and return to normal activities

Click here to learn more about minimally invasive surgery.

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