Treatments

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  • Blood Transfusion

    A blood transfusion is the delivery of blood through a vein. The blood may come from an unrelated or related donor. For planned procedures, some people have their blood drawn at an earlier date and stored until the transfusion is needed.

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  • Central Line Inserted Central Catheter

    A central catheter is a long, thin tube that is inserted into a large vein. A central catheter is used to deliver medication, nutrition, IV fluids and chemotherapy. There are different types of central catheters, including:

  • CT Scan of the Abdomen

    A CT scan is a type of x-ray. It uses a computer to make pictures of the inside of the body. In this case, images of the abdomen are taken.

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  • Enteral Feeding

    Enteral feeding, or tube feeding, is a way to deliver nutrients through a tube if you cannot take food or drink through your mouth. In some cases, you may only need tube feeding for a short period of time during your hospital stay. In other cases, you may need to go home with the tube in place and continue to receive nutrition this way. It may be temporary or permanent. Depending on your condition, you may have a tube that leads from the: Nose to the stomach (nasogastric) ; Abdominal wall to the stomach ( gastrostomy ) ; Abdominal wall to the intestines ( enterostomy ) Gastrostomy TubeCopyright © Nucleus Medical Media, Inc.

  • Enterostomy

    This is surgery of the abdominal wall and intestines. An opening is made into the intestines to drain the contents out or put in a feeding tube. The IntestinesCopyright © Nucleus Medical Media, Inc.

  • Exploratory Laparotomy

    This is an open surgery of the abdomen to view the organs and tissue inside. Abdominal Organs, Anterior ViewCopyright © Nucleus Medical Media, Inc.

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  • Hernia Repair

    A hernia forms when your abdominal wall weakens, bulges, or tears. The inner lining of the abdomen and small intestine can poke out of this weakened area. A hernia repair is a surgery to push the abdominal material back where it belongs and to repair the abdominal wall.

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  • Intubation and Mechanical Ventilation

    Intubation and mechanical ventilation is the use of a tube and a machine to help get air into and out of your lungs. This is often done in emergencies, but it can also be done when you are having surgery. Endotracheal IntubationCopyright © Nucleus Medical Media, Inc.

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  • Jackson-Pratt Drain

    A Jackson-Pratt drain (or JP drain) is rubber tubing that may be placed after surgery. It may also be used with infections or injury that can cause a buildup of fluid.

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  • Laparoscopy

    Laparoscopy is a type of surgery done through several small incisions in the abdomen. Small tools and a laparoscope with a tiny camera, are placed through the incisions to allow the surgeon to see inside the belly and perform surgical tasks. This type of surgery is popular, because it usually shortens recovery time. It also leaves small scars in most cases.

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  • Robot-Assisted Laparoscopic Procedures

    A doctor uses robotic arms to operate through small keyhole incisions in the abdomen. The robotic arms are able to do surgical tasks with an increased range of motion. They also can filter out hand tremor. The special tools translate the doctor’s larger hand movements into smaller ones. This allows delicate work to occur in small spaces.

  • Robot-Assisted Surgery -- Overview

    A doctor guides small robotic arms through several tiny keyhole incisions. This allows for greater range of movement than a doctor's hand.

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  • Small Bowel Resection

    A small bowel resection is the removal of part of the small intestine. The small intestine includes the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum. The surgery can be done through an open incision or using smaller incisions using a laproscope.