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Stomach & Small Bowel Conditions

Many different conditions may require surgery of the stomach or small bowel. These include conditions that cause bleeding, infection, inflammation, obstructions or ulcers. Doctors Allen A. Agapay, William R. Friese and Jordan J. Glenn are experienced in offering diagnosis and treating these conditions with minimally invasive procedures that result in optimum outcomes with less pain and quicker recovery times.

Symptoms

People with conditions of the stomach or small bowel may experience the following symptoms:

  • Blood in the stool
  • Cramping
  • A lump in the abdomen
  • Abdominal pain
  • Unexplained weight loss

Diagnosis

Tests to diagnose tumors of the colon include:

  • CT scan - This test uses x-rays to create cross-sectional pictures of the belly area. This test is painless and noninvasive.
  • Abdominal ultrasound - This noninvasive test uses painless sound waves to "look at" the organs in the abdomen.
  • Endoscopy - Uses a thin, flexible tube (endoscope) to look at the lining of the esophagus, stomach, and upper small intestine.
  • Upper GI series (upper gastrointestinal series) - X-ray of the upper gastrointestinal tract is taken after you drink barium contrast material.

Treatment

Some conditions of the stomach and small bowel require surgery. Doctors Agapay, Friese and Glenn specialize in minimally invasive laparoscopic methods of surgery with small incisions. Because no large abdominal incision is made, laparoscopic surgery reduces recovery time and post-operative pain.

Our doctors also perform laparoscopic stomach and small bowel surgery using robotic technology. They use the da Vinci System, a robotic surgical platform that enables surgeons to perform complex procedures with greater surgical precision.

Laparoscopic surgery to remove unhealthy sections of the small intestine and reconnect its healthy sections is performed with a tiny camera and medical instruments that your surgeon passes through small incisions in the abdominal wall.

After a thorough evaluation, your surgeon will determine which type of surgery is appropriate for your situation.