Visceral surgery

Visceral surgery, also known as abdominal surgery, refers to surgery of the abdominal cavity and abdominal wall, endocrine glands and soft tissue, including transplantation.

It encompasses all surgical treatment of the abdominal organs, i.e. the entire digestive tract including the oesophagus, stomach, small and large intestine, rectum, liver, gallbladder, pancreas and spleen. Visceral surgery also includes procedures to treat hernias, a type of soft tissue injury.

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Treatment approaches

These conditions are primarily treated via surgical methods. Most of the procedures are minimally invasive, in that they are carried out via laparoscopy, whereby only small incisions are made. In a laporoscopy, an optical instrument called a laparoscope is inserted into the abdominal cavity so that the surgeon can examine the affected organ directly, allowing them to gain a comprehensive clinical picture. In addition to the optical instrument, other surgical instruments are inserted into the abdominal cavity via small incisions in the skin.

Traditional laparoscopy has been in continuous development over the years and has now evolved into robot-assisted surgery.

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