This section will include on going information, new developments, philosophies, and any current medical topics of interest.
…last updated 02/2016
The most recent advancement in Minimally Invasive Surgery is Robotic Surgery using the daVinci robotic system. This is increasingly being used for hernias and gallbladders, but the most promising application is for treatment of colon cancer and diverticulitis. The daVinci robotic system for colorectal disease. Ask your surgeon if this is an option for you.
If you have a problem with your gastrointestinal tract, including the colon & rectum and anus, why see a Colorectal Surgeon? They have completed advanced surgical training in the treatment of these diseases as well as full general surgical training. Board-certified colon and rectal surgeons complete residencies in general surgery and colon and rectal surgery, and pass intensive examinations conducted by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery. They are well-versed in the treatment of both benign and malignant diseases of the colon, rectum and anus and are able to perform routine screening examinations and surgically treat conditions if indicated to do so. Published studies suggest that outcomes with colorectal problems are better when treated by a specialist.
If you are being treated for diverticulitis, colon cancer, hemorrhoids, or other colorectal disease, verify that your Surgeon is Board Certified by the American Board of Colon & Rectal Surgery.
What does it mean to be a General Surgeon? A general surgery residency is typically 5 years of training in procedures such as removal of the appendix or gallbladder or repair of a hernia. After residency a surgeon may elect to pursue specialized training in a Fellowship program. Verify that your Surgeon is Board Certified by the American Board of Surgery.
What do I think about information on the internet and social media? There is a lot of garbage out there that confuses patients. But when used appropriately, it can be a great tool for education. Getting to the truth, however, is not so easy. In general, I do not advertise or friend patients or coworkers on social media. If you have a question, call us in the office. If you don’t understand something, call us in the office. If you heard something you’re unsure of, call us in the office. Talk to us, communicate. The internet can be a self-fulfilling prophecy where if you search long enough, you will find what you want to hear, but it may not necessarily be fact.
Patients often ask if I do “laser surgery” or “bandaid surgery”. This is really called “laparoscopic surgery” where smaller incisions and a camera or scope are used to perform surgery. In general, you should be more concerned that the correct and a good operation is done, rather than how it is done. However, if your surgeon is facile in both the open and advanced laparoscopic techniques, the minimally invasive surgery offers many advantages. What is laparoscopic surgery? You should also ask how comfortable your surgeon is with advanced laparoscopic techniques, what is their rate of conversion to an open procedure, and whether laparoscopic surgery is appropriate for you.
Minimally Invasive Surgeons of South Jersey
Dr. Michael P. Del Rosario, MD, FACS, FASCRS
76 W. Jimmie Leeds Road Suite #105
Galloway, NJ 08205