Incisionless Surgery

Philip L. Leggett, MD -  - General Surgery

Philip L. Leggett, MD

General Surgery & Acid Reflux Treatment located in Houston, TX

At their practice in Houston, Philip L. Leggett, MD, and Seeyuen Lee, MD, are committed to providing state-of-the-art surgical treatments to deliver the best possible results for their patients. They offer incisionless surgery procedures using the innovative OverStitch™ Endoscopic Suturing System, which is even less invasive than laparoscopy, to repair hernias and address gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Call the office today or make an appointment online to learn more about incisionless surgery.

Incisionless Surgery Q & A

What is incisionless surgery?

In some cases, Dr. Leggett and Dr. Lee are able to perform specific surgical procedures using endoscopic methods or percutaneous techniques to avoid making incisions in your body. For example, they can repair torn tissue in your upper digestive tract with the OverStitch Endoscopic Suturing System — an innovative tool that places sutures in your internal tissues. The surgeons can use OverStitch to address tissue tears of all sizes from hernias to bariatric revision surgery.  

They may also use percutaneous surgical tools, which are similar to laparoscopic instruments, but so thin that they only need a small puncture to enter your body.

During these procedures, your doctor either uses an endoscope to access your esophagus and stomach via your throat, or they use the percutaneous surgical instruments. If they need to repair damaged or torn tissue in your body, they use the OpenStitch Endoscopic Suturing System to close the tear, without having to make another incision in your body.

What procedures are available with incisionless surgery?

The team offers incisionless surgeries and minimally invasive surgical alternatives whenever possible. Some of the procedures include:

  • Hiatal hernia repair
  • Fundoplication procedures for GERD
  • Bariatric surgery for weight loss
  • Bariatric revision surgery
  • Gynecological surgeries such as cyst removal and tubal ligation

Ask your surgeon about incisionless surgery and if it’s an option for you during your preoperative consultation. The doctors are always willing to answer your questions about your health care options to help you make informed choices.

What are the benefits of incisionless surgery?

Anytime a surgeon has to make an incision in your body, regardless of their training and experience, you run the risk of infection. Incisionless surgeries significantly reduce your chances of developing an infection because there’s no incision.

Additionally, surgery is hard on your body. It takes time to recover, rebuild your strength, and get back to your regular activities. While laparoscopic surgical techniques reduce recovery times, incisionless surgeries cut down the time you spend healing even more.

If you need to have a surgery to repair your hernia, address GERD, or any other issue that affects your abdominal and pelvic organs, call the team at Philip L. Leggett, MD, or make an appointment online today.

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