General Gastrointestinal Surgery

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ranked as one of the nation’s best hospitals for gastroenterology and GI surgery, according to U.S. News & World Report

Nationally Ranked in GI Surgery

UT Southwestern Medical Center is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s top hospitals for gastroenterology and GI surgery.

UT Southwestern Medical Center is dedicated to providing superior care to patients who have conditions affecting the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Our GI surgeons are experts in the latest surgical techniques to help patients achieve their best health.

Latest Advances in General Gastrointestinal Surgery

Our experienced surgeons perform GI surgery to treat benign (noncancerous) conditions that affect the digestive tract, which includes the esophagus, stomach, intestines, appendix, gallbladder, pancreas, liver, and bile ducts.

The surgeons at UT Southwestern work as a team to develop a comprehensive treatment plan for patients with disorders affecting the GI tract. Our collaborative approach provides accurate diagnoses and timely surgical intervention when needed. In addition to traditional surgical procedures, our physicians are skilled at the most advanced minimally invasive techniques used today.

Our Minimally Invasive Surgery Program is widely recognized for its state-of-the-art facilities and program offerings. Our research facilities help promote the development of new technologies in minimally invasive surgery. We also train surgeons and medical students in minimally invasive procedures.

Conditions We Treat with General Gastrointestinal Surgery

Our surgeons treat conditions such as:

  • Achalasia
  • Appendicitis
  • Benign tumors and other conditions affecting the stomach, duodenum (first part of the small intestine), pancreas, and bile ducts
  • Bowel (intestine) obstructions and other bowel conditions
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Pancreatic diseases such as pseudocyst and pancreatitis

Options for General Gastrointestinal Surgery

Our surgeons use minimally invasive surgery whenever possible for GI conditions, depending on each patient’s specific case. At UT Southwestern, we offer several types of minimally invasive surgical techniques, such as:

  • Endoscopic surgery: Endoscopy uses an endoscope inserted through the mouth, nose, or other natural body opening to access the area for treatment. The surgeon inserts small instruments through the scope to perform surgery.
  • Laparoscopic surgery: Laparoscopy uses a laparoscope (thin, flexible tube with a lighted camera) inserted through a small incision to perform surgery. The surgeon inserts small instruments through other small incisions to access the treatment area
  • Robotic surgery: Using a computerized system, the surgeon controls mechanical arms that hold a camera and surgical instruments to perform laparoscopic surgery. The surgeon uses a console that provides a high-definition, magnified 3D view of the surgical site. The robotic arms have a greater range of motion than human hands and wrists, providing greater flexibility for complex, delicate procedures.