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Performing a high volume of surgical procedures each year, surgeons in Mass General’s Division of General and Gastrointestinal Surgery are leading providers of minimally invasive surgical techniques to treat metabolic, gastrointestinal, pancreatic and other conditions.
At Massachusetts General Hospital, minimally invasive surgery — also called laparoscopic surgery — is a standard of care and our preferred surgical approach to treat a wide range of conditions.
Using high-definition imaging technology and precision instruments, our surgeons work through a few tiny incisions to perform thousands of these procedures each year. This high-volume experience means better outcomes for patients and helps our surgeons lead new innovations in the field and integrate these techniques into patient care.
Compared with traditional (or "open") surgery, minimally invasive surgery generally involves:
Surgeons in the Division of General and Gastrointestinal Surgery are board-certified, Harvard Medical School-affiliated physicians. They are highly experienced in performing minimally invasive procedures ranging from complex procedures requiring no external incisions to treating cancers of the stomach and the esophagus in a completely minimally invasive manner.
Our doctors are leaders in their field nationally, including serving as presidents of several national societies, including the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, the American Pancreatic Association and the Society of University Surgeons.
As part of our approach to your care, our surgeons will recommend, whenever possible, the least invasive and most effective method to treat your condition, factoring in your health history, lifestyle and goals for treatment. Our division performs a number of minimally invasive procedures, including:
The Division of General and Gastrointestinal Surgery offers a Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship designed to help fellows develop technical proficiency in advanced laparoscopic surgery and advanced gastrointestinal procedures.
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