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Hernia Repair


Laparoscopic & Minimally Invasive Surgery

Virginia Hospital Center Physician Group – Hernia & Heartburn Institute is a division of the surgical practice of G. Kevin Gillian, M.D, F.A.C.S. at Virginia Hospital Center. Dr. Gillian is a Board Certified General Surgeon with unique Fellowship Training in Laparoscopic and Minimally Invasive Surgery. Dr Gillian is currently the only Surgeon in Northern Virginia crededialed for placement of the Enterra® gastric pacemaker in the treatment of medically refractory gastroparesis.

Laparoscopic surgery for diseases affecting the appendix, gallbladder, colon, small intestine, spleen, and adrenal gland are provided for our patients.

Minimally invasive exploration for the evaluation of chronic abdominal pain from adhesions is also offered.

Operative video of a laparoscopic repair of a suprapubic hernia that occurred after hysterectomy >

Operative video of a post hysterectomy incisional hernia in the suprapubic position >

Hospital Procedures

All of the following procedures are performed laparoscopically at the Virginia Hospital Center with incisions that are typically 0.5 -1cm in size.  Many are done as outpatient surgery so that you can go home the same day.

  • Adrenalectomy - adrenal gland removal
  • Appendectomy
  • Cholecystectomy - gallbladder removal
  • Colon Surgery
  • Diverticulitis treatment
  • Cancer removal
  • Exploration for chronic abdominal pain
  • Gastrectomy - removal of stomach tumors
  • Heller Myotomy - treatement of Achalasia
  • Lysis of Adhesions - treatment for abdominal pain and bowel obstruction
  • Nissen Fundoplication - treatement of esophageal reflux
  • Splenectomy - removal of spleen
  • Hernia Surgery
    • Incisional
    • Inguinal Hernia
    • Bilateral
    • Recurrent
    • Unilateral
    • Femoral
    • Groin
    • Hiatal
    • Parastomal - colostomy or ileostomy hernia
    • Sport
    • Umbilical
    • Ventral

Robotic Surgery

In order to better inform prospective patients and their families, this section offers resources on minimally invasive surgery (MIS), with a focus on selected procedures performed using the da Vinci® Surgical System.

Recent advancements in minimally invasive surgical technologies mean that today's patients have a broader range of alternatives to conventional open surgery than patients did just 10 years ago. These advancements include the da Vinci® Surgical System, which is providing patients with new, minimally invasive surgical procedures that offer significant advantages over traditional "open" surgeries. These robotic-assisted minimally invasive procedures – available to treat conditions as diverse as obesity, heart disease and prostate cancer – can benefit patients with less pain, discomfort, blood loss and a quicker return to normal activities.

The da Vinci Surgical System

The da Vinci Surgical System from Intuitive Surgical, Inc. enhances surgical capabilities, providing superior visualization, enhanced dexterity, greater precision and ergonomic comfort. As a result of these capabilities, surgeons can now perform even complex surgery using 1-2 cm incisions. This enables healthcare providers to offer a minimally invasive treatment option to the broadest possible range of patients.

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  • Virginia Hospital Center Physician Group – Surgical Specialists
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