Diagnostic Surgery

Diagnostic surgery is performed only for diagnostic purposes, without the intention of treating any disease at the time of surgery. Diagnostic surgery is often necessary when imaging techniques have been unsuccessful in identifying the issue or the cause of pain, and direct vision is required. All diagnostic surgeries are done by laparoscopy and are out-patient procedures, with patients able to leave the clinic the same day as the surgery.

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Hernia Repair

A hernia is a weakness of the abdominal wall causing a protrusion of an organ where it does not belong. There are many types of hernias, but the most common ones involve a weakening of the abdominal wall leading to organs bulging through, and causing immense pain. Dr. Gagner repairs multiple types of hernias including hiatal, inguinal, femoral, umbilical, Spigelian, incisional and lumbar hernias. All repairs are done by laparoscopy and often include permanent sutures and/or a mesh. Hernia repairs are out-patient procedures, with patients leaving the clinic the same day of the procedure. Patients need a minimum of 1 week of convalescence to recover from the surgery.

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Cholecystectomy

The gallbladder is responsible for storing bile, the fat-digesting liquid produced by the liver. Over time, gallstones can form from the crystallization of bile components. Most people never have symptoms caused by the stones, until the onset of excruciating pain caused by a gallstone attack (biliary colic). Once symptoms develop, the only viable treatment is to completely remove the gallbladder. This surgery is called a cholecystectomy...

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Nissen Fundoplication

The first symptom of gastric reflux is often heartburn and acid indigestion. Over time, issues with the lower esophageal sphincter can lead to Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. GERD can be treated with medication, such as antacids. proton pump inhibitors, and H2 blockers, but patients may be interested in more permanent solutions...

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