Robotic Surgery


Pancreatic surgery, complex biliary surgery, and hernia surgery are procedures used in treating conditions affecting these vital organs. These surgical procedures vary in complexity depending on the extent of the disease process. Robotic surgery is a newer surgery technique used in these procedures. New medical technology has enabled minimally invasive robotic surgery for use in pancreatic, complex biliary, and hernia surgeries. The surgeon uses a robotic arm with a camera and surgical equipment to get to the diseased tissue without the need for open cuts, but through several small incisions. When technically practical, minimally invasive repair (robotic) is preferred because of the reduced rate of complications after surgery, faster recovery, less pain, and returning to work earlier. It is more accurate, less traumatic, and allows faster healing.

Dr. Joshua S. Tierney is a qualified and experienced surgeon whose surgery clinic is well equipped with state-of-the-art medical equipment for robotic surgery. Among the complex surgical procedures that the clinic performs include:

Colon and Rectal Surgery

The colon and rectum are tasked with the removal of solid waste from the digestive tract. These organs are susceptible to several diseases among them colon polyps, colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohn's disease, and colorectal cancer.
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Complex Biliary Surgery

The biliary tree consisting of the liver, gallbladder, and bile ducts is essential to the body's digestive and metabolic functions. These enzymes are involved in converting food into energy.
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Hernia Surgery

A hernia occurs when tissue pushes through muscle or tissue that holds it in place. Abdominal hernias are the most common, but they can also occur in the inner groin and upper thigh regions. This can happen because of weakness in the tissue wall which allows the inner tissue to push through.
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Gallbladder Surgery

Enlarged gallstones can cause severe pain and inflammation of the gallbladder. This necessitates removal of the gallbladder in a procedure called a cholecystectomy. Robotic gallbladder surgery has less blood loss and pain, minimal scars, and faster recovery.
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Pancreatic Surgery

The pancreas is a vital organ whose main role is to secrete insulin, the enzyme that regulates blood sugar. This organ can become diseased with ailments such as chronic pancreatitis, cystic tumors, pancreatic adenocarcinoma, and neuroendocrine tumors.
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Anti-reflux Surgery

Acid reflux occurs when stomach acid flows up the esophagus( food pipe), causing a burning sensation in the lower chest area (heartburn). Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is diagnosed when this occurs more than twice a week.
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