Broward Surgical Specialists offers a comprehensive approach to general surgery with unsurpassed superior service. Staffed by our experienced and highly specialized general surgeons, we offer minimally invasive and traditional surgical treatment for a variety of conditions.
Minimally invasive surgery includes laparoscopic surgery and robotic surgery. During laparoscopic surgery, the surgeon makes small incisions in the stomach. A small camera and instruments are inserted by the surgeon through the cuts. This allows the procedure to be done without a major incision, which may be more comfortable for patients and reduce recovery time.
Robotic surgery is very similar to laparoscopic surgery. During robotic surgery, small cuts are made at the surgical site. However, the surgeon sits at a console in the operating room and guides robotic arms that have a camera and the necessary instruments attached. Robotic surgery provides surgeons with improved dexterity and a better field of vision than open and laparoscopic surgeries. Patients may experience shorter recovery times, less pain and reduced risk for infection.
Feel confident that when you visit Broward Surgical Specialists, our general surgeons will utilize the latest technical advances to ensure that you receive the most effective care possible. Our surgery specialists are committed to providing you with timely and complete personalized care integrated with maximum comfort, convenience and privacy. Read more about some of the conditions we treat and procedure we perform.
- Bariatric (weight loss) surgery
- Colon surgery
- Gallbladder surgery
- Hernia surgery
- Intestinal surgery
- Anti-reflux surgery
Your colon, or large intestine, exists between your small intestine and anus. Sometimes, conditions cause inflammation or damage to the colon. When conservative treatment has failed, patients with certain conditions may need colon surgery. These conditions may include:
- Colon cancer
- Intestinal blockages
- Crohn’s disease
- History of harmful polyps
During colon surgery, varying parts of the colon may be removed. The remaining colon is reattached to the small intestine and anus.
Colon surgery can be done using traditional or minimally invasive technique. Your surgeon will discuss which type of surgery is best for you.
When the muscle wall becomes weak, the intestines or other tissue may push through the muscles. This is called a hernia. Types of hernias include:
- Inguinal hernia – tissue or intestines pushes through a weak spot in the groin
- Umbilical hernia – tissue pushes through a weak spot near the belly button
- Incisional hernia – tissue pushes through a healing scar
- Hiatal hernia – stomach pushes up through the diaphragm near the esophagus
You may notice a protrusion in the skin where the hernia is. You may not have any pain or discomfort with a hernia, however, we recommend having it checked by a surgeon the moment you notice it. If the hernia becomes painful you need to have it checked right away.
Hernia surgery can be done through minimally invasive or through traditional open surgery.
Acid reflux occurs when stomach acid travels up from the stomach into the esophagus. Acid reflux can cause heartburn, chest pain, ulcers and in advanced cases, esophageal cancer. Contributing factors to acid reflux include:
- Hiatal hernia
- Smoking and drinking alcohol
Conservative treatment for acid reflux includes modifying your diet, losing weight, medication, and not laying down after a meal. If conservative treatment no longer offers relief, or if you have been taking medicine for a long time, then surgical treatment may be an option. Several operations are available:
- Nissen fundoplication – During a Nissen fundoplication, the surgeon wraps the top part of the stomach around the esophagus. This creates a tighter opening at the bottom of the esophagus, making it more difficult for acid to flow up from the stomach into the throat.
- LINX – LINX also helps create a tighter esophageal sphincter. However, the sphincter is created by the addition of a small band of magnetized titanium beads around the lower esophagus. The band is tightened so the fit is right for that patient. The band expands when swallowing and returns to its original size after swallowing. The LINX procedure is reversible.
- Weight loss surgery – In some cases, being obese may contribute to acid reflux. If you have attempted but have not successfully lost weight in the past and have a BMI of 35 kg/m2 or higher with the required comorbidities, you may be a candidate for weight loss surgery. Weight loss surgery requires a lifestyle change and may not be right for every patient. Speak to your doctor if you feel weight loss surgery is right for you.
Liver and pancreas surgery
Our practice has the expertise to treat a broad spectrum of conditions of the liver, pancreas and bile ducts. Patients with liver cancer, pancreatic cancer or other diseases of these organs may need intervention offered by a surgeon specially trained in these conditions. Procedures we perform include:
- Whipple procedure, which involves removal of the head of the pancreas, the duodenum and part of the bile duct
- Liver resection
- Ultrasound guided liver ablation
- Distal pancreatectomy
Over the course of the lifespan, women and men may experiences modifications to breast tissue that requires surgery. Our surgeons are capable of treating a broad range of breast conditions that impact areas from the milk ducts to the greater breast tissue. Commonly treated conditions include:
- Benign and malignant breast disease
- Lumps in milk ducts (intraductal papillomas)
- Non-cancerous lumps and tumors
- Ductal or lobular hyperplasia
- Phyllodes tumors
- Lobular or ductal carcinoma
Procedures we perform:
- Partial and total mastectomy
- Modified radical mastectomy
- Lymph node dissections
- Duct excisions
Our team is able to treat minor conditions as well. Some, like biopsies, can be performed in the office. We also perform procedures like port placements as outpatient surgeries.