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What is Gastrointestinal Surgery?
Gastrointestinal surgery is the use of surgical methods to treat any disorder of the gastrointestinal tract. This means if you have any diseases or conditions of any part of the body involving digestion, gastrointestinal surgery could be a possible treatment method. There are many approaches to gastrointestinal surgery including but not limited to laparoscopic surgery, and robotic-assisted surgery. Patients work closely with their doctor to develop a comprehensive treatment plan that is right for them.
Is Gastrointestinal Surgery Safe?
As with any surgical procedure, there are risks associated with gastrointestinal surgery. You should talk to your doctor about any concerns you have, but a few common complications following any surgery include infection, reopening of the incision(s), and the formation of fistulas.
Who Performs Gastrointestinal Surgery?
Gastrointestinal (GI) surgeons perform gastrointestinal surgery. A gastrointestinal surgeon is different from a gastroenterologist, who diagnose and treat GI diseases non-surgically. They do often work closely with GI surgeons.
What Should I Do to Prepare for Gastrointestinal Surgery?
Many of the preparation steps for gastrointestinal surgery are similar to any other surgery, involving tests such as bloodwork and scans to ensure that your surgery goes smoothly. For gastrointestinal surgery, you will need to “clean out” your bowels prior to your surgery with a special fluid. You will most likely be prescribed an antibiotic prior to surgery to help prevent any complications.
It is important to follow your doctor’s specific preparation instructions carefully to ensure the most successful surgery possible.