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General Surgery
Colon & Rectal Surgery

Northern Virginia Surgical Specialists provide comprehensive care for patients with gastrointestinal and abdominal surgical needs. Our surgeons were first to perform nearly every advanced laparoscopic procedure at Prince William Hospital and Fauquier Hospital. We provide advanced and minimally invasive treatment of abdominal and gastrointestinal diseases.

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What is Gastrointestinal Surgery?

Diseases of the gastrointestinal tract involve the esophagus, stomach, duodenum, small intestines, colon and rectum. No specialist is more knowledgeable about the surgical treatment of the gastrointestinal tract than a general surgeon.


What is Laparoscopy?

Many abdominal surgeries can now be performed in a minimally invasive fashion through small incisions. A laparoscopic procedure can often shorten a patient’s recovery and hospitalization. Our surgeons emphasize this approach to abdominal and gastrointestinal diseases whenever possible.


Laparoscopic Procedures Offered

  • Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal)
  • Laparoscopic Colectomy (colon removal)
  • Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication (reflux surgery)
  • Laparoscopic Paraesophageal Repair
  • Laparoscopic Treatment of Achalasia
  • Laparoscopic Ventral and Inguinal Hernia Repair
  • Laparoscopic Splenectomy (spleen removal)
  • Laparoscopic Adrenalectomy (Adrenal gland removal)
  • Laparoscopic Rectal Prolapse Surgery


Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy (Gallbladder Removal)

Cholecystectomy means “removal of the gallbladder”. Nearly all gallbladder surgery is performed laparoscopically. Laparoscopic cholecystectomies is most commonly performed for patients with gallstones and abdominal pain. The surgery is usually performed electively, as an outpatient. Laparoscopic cholecystectomy is the most frequently performed abdominal procedure.

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Laparoscopic Colon Surgery

Colon Cancer and diverticulitis are the two most commonly encountered surgical diseases of the colon. These diseases often require removal of a portion of the colon. Our surgeons have performed hundreds of laparoscopic colon resections. In some instances, the laparoscopic approach can shorten the hospitalization associated with this surgery. Other problems often treated in this fashion are large colon polps, Crohn’s colitis, ulcerative colitis, and rectal cancer. We work closely with our gastroenterology colleagues to identify and treat patients with diseases of the colon.


Laparoscopic Anti-Reflux Surgery

GastroEsophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is the formal name for heartburn. Most people who suffer from GERD are well managed with anti-acid medications. Surgery is reserved for those patients that do not respond to anti-acid medications or have chronic symptoms and complications from GERD.
Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication is performed to prevent the reflux of stomach acid into the esophagus. The surgery generally requires an overnight hospitalization and a short recovery period.


Anal and Rectal Surgery

Problems of the anus and rectum are common. Many of these are addressed without surgery. Listed below are commonly performed anal and rectal procedures.

  • Laparoscopic Rectal Cancer Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Rectal Prolapse Surgery
  • Abdominoperineal Resection
  • Hemorroidectomy
  • Anal Fissure Surgery
  • Anal Fistula Surgery
  • Anal Cancer Resection
  • Infections of the anus and rectum






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