What is Laparoscopic Surgery, and Why Do You Want It?

Laparoscopic surgery, sometimes called “keyhole” surgery or band-aid surgery, is a minimally invasive procedure using small incisions of around 0.5 to 1.5 cm. A laparoscope, which is a small tube with a camera at the tip, is passed through the incision to the surgical site and relays images from inside the body to a monitor.  […]

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Dr. Mejia of Premier Surgical: Serving through Surgery

From Shopper News The importance of service and helping others was instilled in Jose Luis Mejia, MD, FACS, at an early age. As the son of a politician and owner of a newspaper in the South American country of Ecuador, Dr. Mejia saw how his father served the community. But it was his uncle, who […]

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Surgery Relieves Rare Swallowing Disorder

Shopper News For years, every bite or sip Steve Abbott took was a struggle.  Food and liquids wouldn’t go down his esophagus, instead they would back up into his throat, causing pain and nausea. “It felt like everything I ate was stuck in the top of my neck in my throat,” says the North Knoxville […]

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Gallbladder Disease: A Common American Ailment

An estimated 20 million Americans have gallbladder disease. It’s one of the most common conditions in the United States. The gallbladder is a small sac under the liver that stores bile, a digestive fluid that helps absorb fat and grease from the food we eat.

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Single-Incision and Robotic Surgery: Medical Breakthrough or Marketing Ploy?

A recently published article (Reuters Health, July 18) appears under the headline: “Single-Incision Approach Yields No Benefit in Laparoscopic Gallbladder Surgery.” Authors of the article, a group of surgeons from the University of Leicester in England, looked at 49 studies involving 2,336 patients who underwent single-incision laparoscopic cholecystectomy (SILC). Based on their study the researchers […]

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Laparoscopic Colon Resection Decreases Mortality Rate

One of the greatest advances in abdominal surgery in the past decade is the advent of laparoscopic colon resections. Minimally invasive resections were introduced in the 1990s for benign disease; in 2003 they were proven to be of equal oncologic benefit for colon cancer when compared to their open surgery counterpart. Studies have confirmed the […]

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