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Abdominal and Digestive System

If you are suffering from a chronic abdominal or digestive issue that has not responded to lifestyle changes or medication, your doctor may recommend surgical treatment to remedy your symptoms. With comprehensive training and procedural experience in a range of abdominal and digestive conditions, the physicians of Surgical Associates can evaluate you to determine a surgical approach that may finally help you feel like yourself again.

Gallbladder removal (cholecystectomy) is one of the most common U.S. surgeries and is recommended often for patients suffering from gallbladder disease, the condition behind most emergency room complaints of severe abdominal pain. As one of the first Tulsa practices to regularly perform the single-incision laparoscopic gallbladder removal, Surgical Associates has been able to significantly lessen the risk of infection and reduce scarring and recovery time after surgery.

Appendicitis, or inflammation of the appendix, is another common yet painful disorder that often requires removal of the appendix (appendectomy). Using the latest laparoscopic technology, we at Surgical Associates frequently perform this procedure and various others, including a highly successful technique that treats a chronic and recurring heartburn condition called gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

Is the unpleasant “burning” sensation in your chest and throat just heartburn, or is it a symptom of something more significant? While heartburn is quite common, frequent and persistent heartburn could be a sign of GERD. Left untreated, the condition can cause serious health problems, including cancer.

In addition to causing considerable discomfort, GERD exposes the delicate lining of the esophagus to acidic stomach contents. Over time, this exposure can erode the esophageal lining, which can affect your ability to eat, breathe and swallow. A small percentage of people with GERD develop a precancerous condition called Barrett’s Esophagus.

If you have GERD, your doctor may recommend lifestyle changes or prescribe certain medications to lessen your symptoms. Surgery is an option when these treatments do not work. In this case, your Surgical Associates physician may perform the Nissen fundoplication technique, a minimally invasive procedure that accentuates the closing angle of the esophagus and accelerates the emptying of your stomach.

Ten years after laparoscopic GERD surgery, 90 percent of our patients still experience relief of heartburn, regurgitation, chest pain and pulmonary symptoms and no longer require medication. Progression of Barrett’s Esophagus can stop and even regress to normal post surgery.