With Dr. Leithead’s training in advanced minimally invasive surgery, patients receive the highest quality of general surgery care. He performs the latest treatments using both laparoscopic and state-of-the-art robotic techniques to provide patients with optimal outcomes. He treats problems related to the gallbladder, hernia formation, gastroesophageal reflux, and soft tissue masses.
The gallbladder is a small pouch that rests under the liver. It stores bile the liver produces until needed to assist with digestion. Occasionally the bile can form solid stones (gallstones) which may lead to no symptoms in some cases, but pain and nausea with eating in others. Gallbladder surgery is a common outpatient procedure performed by Dr. Leithead that can help resolve your symptoms and get you feeling great again. Minimally invasive cholecystectomy may be performed laparoscopically or robotically to provide patients with minimal discomfort, risk of infection, and downtime.
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A hernia is an opening in the abdominal muscle wall which can allow the inner lining to protrude and form a pouch. This bulge may contain abdominal fat or intra-abdominal organs. This is very common as approximately 5 million people in the U.S. develop hernias every year. Common symptoms of hernias include pain or pressure at the site of the hernia, or a small bulge or lump when lifting heavy objects. Whether an inguinal (groin), ventral/umbilical (belly button), or hiatal hernia is present, Dr. Leithead uses the newest laparoscopic and robotic technology to repair the hernia and resolve your symptoms.
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, GERD or Reflux, is a very common disease of the digestive system. It is caused by a weak lower esophageal sphincter, or LES. The LES is a ring of muscle that connects the esophagus to the stomach. It acts as a gatekeeper, opening to allow food to pass into the stomach and then closing to prevent the contents of the stomach (food, acid, and other secretions) from back flowing, or refluxing, into the esophagus. Because the lining of the esophagus is easily irritated by the contents of the stomach, acid reflux can cause heartburn, chest pain, regurgitation, sore throat and coughing.
It is estimated that 1 in 5 U.S. adults suffer with GERD and about 40% continue to have symptoms while taking medications.
If you have GERD, the first steps in resolving the symptoms are dietary modifications and acid reducing medications called proton pump inhibitors. If symptoms do not improve surgical intervention may be necessary. Laparoscopic hiatal hernia repair with the Nissen fundoplication is the gold standard surgical treatment for GERD. This minimally invasive procedure is performed to restore the function of the lower esophageal sphincter and prevent reflux. This is performed by making small incisions to access the abdomen, followed by using specialized instruments to close and tighten the opening surrounding the esophagus (Hiatal Hernia Repair) and wrap a portion of the stomach around the lower esophagus (Nissen Fundoplication). This minimally invasive technique allows for less pain, earlier ambulation, and a decreased risk of wound infection. After surgery, patients are able to stop acid reducing medications and begin enjoying meals without reflux.
If you have noticed a new lump, or have a known cyst or lipoma, and want it removed, Dr. Leithead can help by providing your care. Outpatient mass excisions are typically quick and easy, leading to improving your quality of life.