Digestive Care Videos

Appendix

Appendectomy (Appendix Removal)

Surgical removal of the appendix, which is a small tube-like projection that is attached to the large intestine.

Gallbladder

Cholecystectomy (Gallbladder Removal) - laparoscopic technique

Laparoscopic cholecystectomy is the removal of the gallbladder through several small incisions in the abdomen. To view the gallbladder, a small, lighted tube with a camera is inserted into one of the incisions. Surgical instruments are used to remove the gallbladder through one of the other incisions.

Large Intestine

Colonoscopy

A colonoscopy is a visual exam of the lining of the large intestine. It is done with a colonoscope, a flexible tube with a light and a camera. Colonoscopy is used to examine, diagnose and treat problems in the large intestine, as well as screen for colon cancer and remove any pre-cancerous polyps (abnormal growths on the inside lining of the intestine).

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Hernia Repair

This operation treats hernias. A hernia forms when the abdominal wall weakens, bulges or tears. This causes the inner lining of the abdomen to protrude and form a sac. If a hernia is "strangulated" (pinched so the blood supply is cut off), emergency surgery is done. If it is not strangulated, you can choose when to have the surgery. Without surgery, the hernia will not heal. The pain and size of the hernia usually increases over time.

Stomach

Upper Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

Upper GI endoscopy is a procedure that uses a fiberoptic scope to examine the upper part of the gastrointestinal system. A slim, flexible tube containing a tiny light and video camera is slipped into the mouth, down the throat, through the esophagus, stomach and duodenum (the first part of the small intestine). Images from the video camera can be viewed on a monitor in the procedure room, and photographs of particular areas may be taken. Some procedures can be performed through the endoscope, such as biopsies, testing for the presence of bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract, removing small growths (polyps) or treating a bleeding ulcer.