A laparoscopic, or minimally invasive surgical procedure is an alternative to traditional or what is known as "open" surgery, in which a large incision must be made. At the University of Maryland Medical Center, surgeons provide patients with this technologically advanced option. Our surgeons use laparoscopic surgery to make incisions only millimeters in size.
These small incisions create a passageway for special surgical instruments and a laparoscope. A laparoscope is a fiber-optic instrument that is inserted in the abdominal wall. This device transmits images from within the body to a video monitor, allowing the surgeon to see the operative area on the screen.
Advantages to the minimally invasive approach include:
The University of Maryland General/Gastrointestinal Surgery Center provides comprehensive care for patients with diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, and features a highly experienced team of doctors who specialize in treating the complex and difficult cases.
The General/GI Surgery Center specializes in using the most advanced minimally invasive (laparoscopic) techniques to treat all types of gastrointestinal and other general surgery-related illnesses. There are many advantages to this approach, including quicker recovery and shorter hospital stays, as well as a significantly reduced risk of infection and recurrence.
We repair many surgeries laparoscopically, which is not true on a national level. Although we perform surgeries minimally invasively whenever possible, we are also very experienced in performing traditional (open) surgery. Most importantly, each treatment is tailored to meet the needs of each individual patient.
The General/GI Surgery Center offers surgical treatment for a wide range of gastrointestinal- and abdominal-related illnesses, including:
Specialized Treatment Services
The Center's team of specialists offers a full range of diagnostic and treatment services designed to provide patients with the most effective care possible. We offer a wide range of both minimally invasive and standard procedures, including:
Minimally Invasive Surgical Procedures
For a complete list of minimally invasive surgical procedures we perform, click here
For a full list of open procedures, click here
Multidisciplinary Treatment Approach
Our multidisciplinary treatment approach benefits our patients, and is something many other facilities do not provide.
Depending on the case, we work with various types of surgeons as well as medical and surgical oncologists, radiologists and nurses to ensure the best outcomes. Patients have access to the expertise of all University of Maryland Medical Center surgeons and staff in one convenient place. In short, we bring the doctors to the patient instead of the other way around.
In addition, patients may have the opportunity to enroll in the latest clinical trials. Our researchers are continually initiating trials and investigating other types of treatments.
Leaders in the Field
Collectively, UM surgeons are experienced in performing all types of general GI procedures, and are up-to-date with the latest trends. In addition to the surgical expertise, our surgeons are all members of the University of Maryland School of Medicine faculty and teach future doctors and community doctors how to perform various procedures.
Operating Rooms of the Future
At the University of Maryland Medical Center, patients are treated in the nation's newest, most technologically advanced surgical facility, which houses 19 operating rooms for adult and pediatric patients.
Known as the "OR of the Future," this surgical facility is designed to accommodate the latest technical innovations and the best patient care practices. The operating rooms combine the most advanced video and other communications equipment with information technology in order to enhance patient safety and operational efficiency. More than 16,000 surgeries are performed at the Medical Center each year.