General Surgery

Northlake Surgical Associates at St. Tammany Health System offers a range of surgical services. Here are a few of the more common procedures our physicians conduct.

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General Surgery

General surgery is often recommended to treat conditions that medication, lifestyle changes and other non-surgical treatment options are unable to relieve. If your physician recommends surgery, then it is important to learn all of the surgical options that are available to you.

While all surgical procedures carry certain risks, traditional open forms of surgery that require a large incision often are associated with additional complications and drawbacks, such as pain, trauma and long recovery periods. For many surgical procedures, less invasive options are available that can reduce the risk of complications and allow for a faster recovery.


Laparoscopic Surgery

Laparoscopic surgery is a minimally invasive surgical technique that uses specialized tools to complete a general surgical procedure without creating a large incision in the abdomen. During a laparoscopic procedure, several small incisions are made and a special tool called a laparoscope is inserted into the abdomen. The laparoscope is a thin tube that is equipped with a camera, light and other surgical tools as needed. The surgeon is able to view the procedure on a screen in the operating room, making it possible to view inside of the body and carefully maneuver the tools as he completes the surgical procedure.

Laparoscopic surgery often makes surgical treatment an option for those who are unable to undergo a traditional surgical procedure. In addition, laparoscopic surgery offers a number of benefits, including:

  • Reduced risk of infection
  • Quicker recovery
  • Less pain and scarring
  • Reduced risk of complications following the procedure


Gallbladder Surgery

A laparoscopic cholecystectomy is a minimally invasive procedure to remove the gallbladder, which is responsible for concentrating and storing bile, a fluid that is made by the liver and used to digest fat. The gallbladder secretes bile into the small intestine through a tube called the common bile duct. A cholecystectomy may be required for the treatment of gallbladder disease, which causes inflammation, infection, or blockage of the bile, in addition to the treatment of gallstones. During this operation the gallbladder is removed through a small incision in the abdomen while the patient is under a general anesthesia. Following a cholecystectomy, bile travels directly from the liver to the small intestine, but is no longer stored in the gallbladder between meals.


Hernia Surgery

A hernia occurs when an organ or tissue begins to bulge through a tear or opening that develops due to a weakness in a muscle wall. Hernias are classified based upon the region of the body in which they occur, and can develop in the groin (inguinal hernia), the diaphragm (hiatal hernia) or at the site of a previous surgical wound (Incisional hernia). Laparoscopic hernia repair reinforces the muscle wall at the site of the hernia by using surrounding tissue or a synthetic mesh.


Reflux Surgery

Gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD is caused by a weakened lower esophageal sphincter, and causes severe and frequent heartburn and acid reflux. When medications and lifestyle changes are unable to relieve the symptoms of GERD, then surgical treatment is often necessary. Laparoscopic reflux surgery prevents the occurrence of acid reflux by strengthening the lower esophageal sphincter, preventing the backwards-flow of gastric juice and food up from the stomach.


Thyroid Surgery

The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland that is located at the front of the neck. In certain situations, such as when cancer is suspected or present or when thyroid nodules develop, either all or part of the thyroid must be removed. The extent of thyroid removal depends upon the specific condition that is being treated.


Colon Resection

The colon, or large intestine, makes up the lower portion of your digestive tract. The colon is responsible for transporting waste from the small intestine to the rectum. During a colon resection procedure, all or part of the colon is removed from the body, shortening the digestive tract. Colon surgery may be recommended to treat serious health conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease, colon polyps and colon cancer.