Minimally Invasive Gastrointestinal Surgery

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Minimally Invasive
Why Yale Medicine?
  • Minimally invasive surgery also drastically reduces the risks of wound complications.
  • Our surgeons have deep experience and training for this specialized type of surgery.
  • We have a high success rate for minimally invasive surgeries.

For most patients who need gastrointestinal surgery, a minimally invasive approach is preferable to a traditional open procedure, which may require a long incision from sternum to navel. These less-invasive surgeries, such as laparoscopy, involve very small incisions, cause less pain and allow for faster recovery. Patients go home from the hospital sooner, have fewer complications such as infections, hernias and adhesions and have less scarring inside and out. “Minimally invasive surgery is the gold standard approach to repair diaphragmatic hernias and antireflux procedures,” says Saber Ghiassi, MD, MPH, FACS, assistant professor of gastrointestinal surgery at Yale School of Medicine and site director of Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery at Bridgeport Hospital.

This approach can be used in the treatment of most gastrointestinal conditions which require surgery. Minimally invasive surgery is also the preferred technique for bariatric weight-loss surgeries, and for surgery to treat benign colorectal disease and cancer.