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Minimally Invasive Procedures

At West Hills Hospital, surgeons perform several different types of advanced minimally invasive procedures. These include:

  • Hysterectomy Alternative: Hysterectomies can be performed as a minimally-invasive gynecologic surgery.
  • Appendectomy: This is the removal of the appendix with the use of a laparoscope.
  • Bladder Neck Suspension: This adds support to the bladder to reduce urinary incontinence.
  • Arthroscopy: Arthroscopy allows an orthopaedist to gain access wrists, shoulders, elbows and knees when performing joint operations.
  • Plastic Surgery: Procedures include rhinoplasty (nose reconstruction), blepharoplasty (eyelids), face lifts, brow lifts, plastic surgery of the chin, liposuction, and facial implants.
  • Gallbladder Removal: Laparoscopic cholecystectomy is one of the most common operations performed using a laparoscope. West Hills Hospital & Medical Center's own David Schreier, MD, FACS, is performing specialized surgery for gallbladder removal that is less invasive than utilizing current emerging robotic technology. The surgery is a single-site laparoscopic procedure, one that Dr. Schreier and his partner, Frank Candela, MD, FACS, have now performed on more than 35 cases since receiving the necessary equipment in November 2011.
  • Hernia Repair: Hernias usually result from a natural weakness in the abdominal wall. The surgeon uses minimally invasive instruments to open the inner lining of the abdomen and expose the weakened area. A mesh patch is affixed to reinforce the weakness.
  • Lung Volume Reduction Surgery: Lung volume reduction surgery is designed to reverse the effects of emphysema, a condition in which diseased lung tissues crowd out healthy tissues, making breathing difficult.
  • Endoscopic Sinus Surgery: This is a procedure used to remove blockages in the sinus.
  • Prostatectomy: This is a procedure used to remove the prostate.
  • Nephrectomy: Removal of a kidney can now be performed laparoscopically.
  • Adrenalectomy: This is the removal of one adrenal gland, the removal of both adrenal glands or partial removal of one or both adrenal glands.
  • Liver Resection: Laparoscopic liver resection involves removing a piece of the liver.
  • Weight Loss: Laparoscopic bariatric surgery offers the same results as traditional open weight loss surgery, but with significantly less pain and fewer complications.
  • Vascular Surgery: Vascular surgeries can be done using a minimally invasive approach.
  • ERCP: Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography enables the surgeon to diagnose problems in the liver, gallbladder, bile ducts and pancreas.
  • Endoscopic Discectomy: This is a procedure to remove herniated disc material.