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General Surgery

Your Health. Your Hospital

As a branch of medicine that focuses on the content of the abdomen, as well as on the thyroid gland, general surgery requires a tremendous amount of knowledge. The general surgeons at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital are highly trained, skilled and dedicated to their profession. With their help, you will undoubtedly overcome your health problem and return to a normal life.

A Multispecialty Hospital

The general surgeons at our hospital perform a comprehensive range of procedures, from hernia repair to liver resection. With years or even decades of experience in performing general surgery, the medical professionals at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital will first conduct a thorough assessment of your health by ordering exams such as imaging and blood tests and subsequently presenting you with the safest and the most effective treatment approaches. Because they have great expertise in diagnosing and treating a wide range of conditions and diseases, you can rest assured that you will benefit from the best medical experience possible if you choose our hospital to undergo the surgical procedure you need. Some of the organs our general surgeons focus on when performing the necessary procedures are:

  • the esophagus
  • the liver
  • the gallbladder
  • the appendix
  • the pancreas
  • the small intestine
  • the thyroid gland
  • the stomach
  • the large intestine

Whenever possible, our general surgeons will employ minimally invasive treatment approaches so that you can return to normal life within a shorter period of time. These minimally invasive treatment approaches refer to laparoscopic and robotic surgery. The latter is performed by virtue of the Da Vinci Si Surgical System, a robotic platform that only certain hospitals throughout the country have the privilege of using.

Return to Health Faster with Robotic Surgery

The Da Vinci Si Surgical System entails several robotic arms entering small incisions in the body, through which the general surgeon performs the necessary procedure. When medication and lifestyle changes fail to ease gastrointestinal symptoms, surgery is often recommended, since it is often a very effective treatment for many abdominal conditions. While traditional open surgery is performed by making a large incision and is highly invasive, requiring a longer hospital stay and a lengthy recovery, robotic surgery allows the surgeon to operate with enhanced precision, vision, dexterity, and control, thereby resulting in a considerably lower risk of postoperative complications. The following are only some of the advantages of robotic surgery:

  • a shorter hospital stay
  • less scarring
  • decreased blood loss
  • lower risk of complications
  • a faster recovery
  • tiny incisions

However, it is important to keep in mind that robotic surgery may not be the best treatment for you, as certain health issues require traditional surgery, which entails a large incision to allow the general surgeon better access to the organ or tissue that needs to be attended to. Only following a complete examination will our general surgeons be able to tell you whether you are a good candidate for robotic surgery. Laparoscopic surgery may also be a viable option for you and it also implies a series of important benefits, as it is also minimally invasive.

Frequently Asked Questions

We frequently hear the terms outpatient or inpatient used when relating to a type of diagnostic or therapeutic procedure. Inpatient surgery requires the patient to be admitted to the hospital, mainly so that he or she can be carefully monitored throughout the procedure and afterward during recovery. Outpatient surgery, however, does not involve an overnight stay at the hospital.

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The expression “hernia repair” refers to a surgical procedure performed to correct a hernia. Hernia repairs can be done with open or laparoscopic surgery.

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On your first hospital visit, you can expect to discuss with your doctor, go through your tests and medical history, undergo a physical examination, and any additional investigation considered to be necessary by your surgeon.

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