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Minimally Invasive Abdominal Surgery

Minimally invasive surgery (MIS) at the University of Chicago Medicine offers our patients a number of benefits. They may include:

  • Shorter recovery time
  • Less pain
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Quicker return to normal activities
  • Less scarring

The general surgeons here are part of a team of highly ranked experts. U.S.News & World Report consistently ranks both our cancer and gastroenterology programs among the best in the nation. These experts take a multidisciplinary approach to patient care.

We offer the following procedures to our patients:


When a patient has an adrenal mass that may be producing excess hormones or a mass that may be cancerous, our general surgeons can remove the adrenal gland in question using minimally invasive techniques.


Removal of the appendix is usually performed when a person has appendicitis, or inflammation of the appendix. University of Chicago general surgeons usually use laparoscopic techniques to perform this procedure. This allows the surgeon to examine the entire abdominal cavity through a small incision to confirm the diagnosis. Because small incisions are used, scarring is minimal after surgery.

Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy)

Gallbladder problems are usually caused by the presence of gallstones. Symptoms may include abdominal pain, jaundice (yellowing of the skin), or acute inflammation of the pancreas. Once these occur, removal of the gallbladder with its gallstones is usually recommended. Typically, this surgery is done as an outpatient procedure using laparoscopic techniques.

Hernia Repair

Our general surgeons regularly perform laparoscopic groin hernia repairs and ventral/incisional hernia repairs.

Pancreatic Surgery

We offer our patients minimally invasive pancreatic surgery for certain types of pancreatic problems, including endocrine tumors of the pancreas and pancreatic pseudocysts.

Spleen Removal (Splenectomy)

Certain disorders of the spleen can result in a dangerous reduction in the number of platelets and/or red blood cells in circulation. If medications cannot successfully treat the disorder, removal of the spleen--splenectomy--is often recommended. University of Chicago general surgeons prefer using a laparoscopic approach to this procedure. Our surgeons are particularly adept at performing laparoscopic splenectomies for patients with massively enlarged spleens due to a variety of disease processes. These patients are often viewed as untreatable by a minimally invasive approach elsewhere.

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