Minimally Invasive Gastrointestinal Surgery

This information is useful for adults and older adults
A man in a hospital bed talks to his wife (in a bright pink sweater) and his doctor after minimally invasive gastrointestinal surgery.

For most patients who need gastrointestinal surgery, a minimally invasive approach is preferable to a traditional open procedure, which may require a long incision from sternum to navel. These less-invasive surgeries, such as laparoscopy, involve very small incisions, cause less pain and allow for faster recovery. Patients go home from the hospital sooner, have fewer complications such as infections, hernias, and adhesions and have less scarring inside and out. 

“Minimally invasive surgery is the gold standard approach to repair diaphragmatic hernias and anti-reflux procedures,” says Saber Ghiassi, MD, MPH, FACS, director of Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery at Bridgeport Hospital.