Specializing in Minimally Invasive Surgery
 
We specialize in minimally
invasive surgery including:


Appendix
Adrenal
Colon
Gallbladder
Hernia
Reflux Surgery
Esophageal Myotomy for Achalasia

General Surgical service for
treatment of the following:


Anorectal Disease
Breast Disease
Dialysis Access
Endocrine Disease
Gastrointestinal Disease
Hernias
Lower Extremity Venous Disease
Skin Cancer
Spleen
Trauma Surgery
Pediatric Surgery

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Pee Dee Surgical News Watch

GERD

Gastroesophageal reflux disease, commonly referred to as GERD, or acid reflux, is a condition in which the liquid content of the stomach regurgitates (backs up or refluxes) into the esophagus. GERD is a chronic condition that affects millions of Americans and is the most common Upper Gastrointestinal disorder in Western society.

  • 44% of Americans experience monthly heartburn
  • 10% have daily symptoms
  • 18% use non-prescription medications
  • $5 billion are spent per year on pharmaceuticals

Additionally, if there is injury to the lining of the esophagus (esophagitis) from this reflux, it can potentially lead to more serious health problems, like esophageal cancer.

Once treatment for GERD has begun, such as with medication therapy, it will usually need to be continued indefinitely. Weaknesses in treating GERD patients with medication therapy include: recurrence after cessation of therapy, effects of continued reflux, side effects of medication and costs of medications. Therefore, this minimally invasive procedure for acid reflux disease is an answer for some patients to stop the cycle of ongoing treatment.

With a minimally invasive surgery like Lap Nissen, the recovery time for patients is decreased. Patients return to work and quality of life faster. Fewer hospital days from surgery translate directly to lower out-of-pocket costs for patients as well as elimination of prescription drug costs associated with ongoing medication therapy.

The OR of Tomorrow
This revolutionary surgical observation room located on the second floor of the McLeod Pavilion, represents the highest level of technology in a surgical suite, providing capabilities of video teleconferencing and telementoring.

For the Pee Dee region, these live webcasts represent a breakthrough for both patients and physicians.

For patients, this form of educational programming at McLeod means delivering better care at lower costs. Furthermore, the production of these surgical procedures will help patients to understand the wide range of surgical options available.

This state-of-the-art surgical suite will continue to be utilized as an observation suite for other live webcast surgical procedures in the future.