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Minimally Invasive Procedures

Minimally Invasive Gallbladder Surgery

Gallbladder surgery is the most common operation performed by Dr. Martinez.  The most common gallbladder problems include gallbladder inflammation from gallstones and gallbladder dysfunction, also known as biliary dykinesia. To relieve gallbladder pain, surgery is the recommended treatment of choice and the only treatment guaranteed to prevent recurrent attacks of pain. Gallstones can cause symptoms like right upper quadrant pain and jaundice. Dr. Martinez removes the gallbladder laparoscopically. Patients do not need a gallbladder to survive, so removing it is the best way to prevent painful gallstones from recurring. It takes about a week to recover from laparoscopic gallbladder surgery.

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Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery

Laparoscopic colorectal surgery is most commonly used to treat diverticulitis and colon cancer, as well as a variety of other conditions including benign colon polyps unable to be removed by a colonoscope, inflammatory bowel disease, and appendicitis. These advanced laparoscopic techniques allow Dr. Martinez to perform major abdominal operations through remarkably small incisions, making these procedures some of the most gratifying work that he does.  Using these minimally invasive techniques has allowed Dr. Martinez to significantly reduce two of the most frequent complications of colorectal surgery; wound infections and incisional hernias.  Laparoscopic procedures are preferred to open operations because they require a shorter hospital stay, have less post operative pain, allow patients to resume a regular diet sooner and they have a better cosmetic result.


Minimally Invasive Breast Surgery

The recent introduction of various minimally invasive techniques has revolutionized the way in which breast cancer is diagnosed and treated.  Nearly all biopsies are performed with just local anesthesia and a quarter inch incision.  These procedures, using X-ray and ultrasound guidance, take less than thirty minutes to complete.  If the unfortunate diagnosis of breast cancer is made, Dr. Martinez offers a variety of minimally invasive techniques which help to reduce or eliminate the debilitating side effects once associated with breast cancer surgery.  These less invasive operations also enhance the cosmetic results of treatment and lessen the psychologic impact of the therapy on the patient.

Vascular Access for Chemotherapy, Dialysis and Antibiotics

Vascular access devices are used to access the veins of patients who require frequent medical treatments such as chemotherapy or dialysis. Patients who need frequent medical therapies should consider getting a vascular access device to avoid damaging the veins in their arms. The procedure involves inserting a catheter into a vein so that medications can be easily injected through the bloodstream. Vascular access devices are often placed in the neck or chest. The procedure usually takes less than an hour and patients can return home after recovering from the effects of sedation.  After your course of treatment is completed, the vascular access device can be easily removed in Dr. Martinez's office.


Upper Endoscopy and Colonoscopy

Dr. Martinez performs upper endoscopies and colonoscopies to identify and diagnose diseases of the upper GI tract, colon and rectum. To prepare for an endoscopy or colonoscopy, some fasting and cleansing of the colon is often required. You will be given specific instructions to follow in the days before the test. During a colonoscopy, tissues samples can be taken to screen for colorectal cancer. Upper endoscopy and colonoscopy procedures use sedation to make the procedure more comfortable. These treatments usually last less than an hour and patients can return home after the procedure.

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