The surgeons at Novant Health Surgical Associates regularly perform a number of abdominal surgeries and procedures.
Peptic Ulcer Surgery
A peptic ulcer is a sore on the lining of the stomach or small intestine. It can be caused by bacterial infections or by long-term use of aspirin or ibuprofen or, in rare cases, by cancer. They can cause persistent aches or pains in the stomach. Surgery can be used to stop bleeding caused by the ulcer. Read more about peptic ulcers by clicking here.
A cholecystectomy is the surgical removal of the gallbladder. This organ stores bile, a substance produced by the liver used to break down fats. The gallbladder might need to be removed if it is cancerous or infected, or if you are suffering from gallstones. This surgery can be performed traditionally or laparoscopically. Click here to learn more.
Diverticular Disease Surgery
Diverticular disease affects the colon, which is part of the large intestine. Pouches or bulges form within the colon, and can become inflamed. If inflammation leads to bleeding, part of the colon might need to be removed.
Appendicitis occurs when the appendix becomes inflamed. In some cases, the appendix needs to be removed. This surgical procedure is called an appendectomy. Appendectomies can be performed traditionally or laparoscopically. The laparoscopic method involves making several small incisions and inserting laparoscopes, which are small tubes with cameras attached. The appendix is removed through one of the small incisions. Click here to learn more.