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General Surgery

Your Health. Your Hospital

Focusing on abdominal contents and often the thyroid gland, general surgery is a discipline that requires knowledge of and familiarity with a broad spectrum of diseases that may require surgical treatment.

A Multispecialty Hospital

We perform surgery in a comprehensive range of medical specialties, from abdominal surgery to spinal procedures

General surgeons often work with a multidisciplinary team in order to provide a full array of treatments to specific patient groups, such as the terminally ill patients, morbidly obese patients, geriatric surgical patients, or to culturally diverse groups of patients. In these cases, the certified general surgeon is also expected to have knowledge and skills in the management and team-based interdisciplinary care of these categories of people.

Ablative Therapies

  • Cryosurgery
  • Cyberknife Radiosurgery
  • Microwave Ablation
  • Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)

Bariatric (Weight-Loss)

  • Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band (Lap-Band)
  • Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass
  • Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy
  • Revisional Bariatric Surgery


  • Abdominoperineal Resection
  • Bowel Diversion Surgery
  • Colectomy
  • Proctocolectomy
  • Transanal Endoscopic Microsurgery (TEM)

Diagnosis & Staging

  • Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy


  • Adrenalectomy
  • Parathyroidectomy
  • Thyroidectomy


  • Esophagectomy
  • Heller Myotomy
  • Nissen Fundoplication

Hernia Repair

  • Laparoscopic Inguinal Hernia Repair
  • Open Hernia Repair

Interventional Radiology

  • Chemoembolization
  • Portal Vein Embolization (PVE)
  • Yttrium-90 Radioembolization

Liver Surgery

  • Hepatic Arterial Infusion (HAI) Pump


  • Liver Biopsy
  • Liver Resection


  • Autologous Islet Cell Transplantation
  • Pancreatectomy
  • Whipple Procedure


  • Gastrectomy

When medicine and lifestyle changes cannot ease abdominal or gastrointestinal symptoms, surgery is often recommended, as it is often an effective treatment for many abdominal and gastrointestinal conditions. Traditional open surgery is done with a large incision and is highly invasive, requiring a longer hospital stay and lengthy recovery. At Marina del Rey Hospital, our highly trained surgeons recommend minimally invasive surgical options, with emphasis on the da Vinci surgical robot. For the patient, the benefits of this surgery include:

  • better clinical outcomes
  • significantly less pain
  • less blood loss and scarring
  • shorter recovery time
  • a faster return to normal daily activities

The da Vinci System features a magnified 3D HD vision system and special wristed instruments translating the surgeon's hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside the patient's body. This allows the surgeon to operate with enhanced precision, vision, dexterity and control. Also, da Vinci surgeons make a few small incisions, unlike in open surgery, where a large abdominal incision is performed. da Vinci General Surgery procedures include:

  • Bariatric Surgery
  • Cholecystectomy
  • Heller Myotomy
  • Hernia repair

As with any surgery, there are a number of risks specific to minimally invasive surgery, including da Vinci surgery. These include but are not limited to, one or more of the following:

  • temporary pain and/or nerve injury associated with positioning
  • temporary pain and/or discomfort from the use of air or gas in the procedure
  • a longer operation and time under anesthesia
  • conversion to another surgical technique

Before we proceed with surgery, your surgeon will explain to you all the benefits and risks of the da Vinci surgical procedure in order to decide if it is the right solution for you. All available information on non-surgical and surgical options will be reviewed in order to make an informed decision to help you regain your health as quickly as possible. Patients who are not candidates for non-robotic minimally invasive surgery are also not candidates for da Vinci surgery.

Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) or Laparoscopic Surgery is an alternative to traditional open surgery and involves the use of small cameras, which are inserted through tiny incisions in the patient's body, without making a much larger incision. To complete the procedure with minimal damage to the muscles, blood vessels and other surrounding tissue, the surgeon uses small surgical instruments inserted through the incisions, which he/she manipulates by guiding himself/herself with the help of an HD monitor.

Simple cases as well as complex conditions like esophageal cancer and adrenal tumors can be treated with laparoscopic surgery. Advantages of laparoscopic surgery include:

  • reduced bleeding
  • less risk of infection
  • reduced scarring, both internal and external
  • shorter downtime

Traditional open surgery is performed through a large incision, allowing the surgeon to directly access the abdominal organs. Incisions vary in size and depth depending on the type of surgery and allow the surgeon to easily access the abdominal organs and examine them by touch. Examples of open surgery include:

  • cholecystectomy
  • herniated disk surgery
  • most types of cardiac surgery and neurosurgery

The downside of open surgery is that it requires a large incision, which can cause ongoing pain and will take a longer time to heal, restricting certain activities. Healing and a return to normal activities depend on many factors, including the type of surgery you have and your overall health. Open surgery is not performed too often anymore, as the laparoscopic approach and da Vinci surgery provide increased benefits for both patient and surgeon.

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Frequently Asked Questions

We frequently hear the terms outpatient or inpatient used when relating to a type of diagnostic or therapeutic procedure. Inpatient surgery means that the procedure 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 visit, you can expect to have a discussion with your doctor, to go through your tests and medical history, undergo a physical examination and additional tests considered to be necessary by your surgeon.

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Surgery is almost always associated with certain risks. That is why it is important to compare the benefits of the surgery against its risks.

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When you come for the first appointment to your doctor you need your insurance card, a referral from your primary care physician, your medical records and a list of the medications you take and surgical procedures done, if any.

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