Minimally Invasive Surgery
The Minimally Invasive Surgery fellowship is a one-year program that is meant to build the laparoscopic and endoscopic skills on the basic skill set accumulated during general surgery training. The program is accredited by the MIS Fellowship Council. The program consists of rotations on the Minimally Invasive Service (comprised of two fellowship-trained MIS attendings and a fellowship-trained endocrine surgeon) and the Bariatric Surgery Service with two full-time bariatric surgeons. The Bariatric Service is located at Hillcrest Memorial Hospital and is recognized as a center of excellence by the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. Operative experience is expected to range from 250-300 laparoscopic cases and 75-100 bariatric procedures.
Fellows will build on their knowledge of the pathophysiology of diseases amenable to minimally invasive surgical techniques that include, but are not limited to: repair of abdominal wall hernias, antireflux surgery, surgical therapy of esophageal motility disorders and esophageal cancer, biliary and pancreatic surgery, therapy of colonic neoplasia, bariatric surgery, as well as adrenal, splenic, and kidney disorders.
Fellows will be expected to understand the operative indications and preoperative preparation of patients for surgery of the above conditions, the choices of operation that are available and appropriate, how to avoid intraoperative complications, and how to recognize and treat perioperative complications of the above diseases. This understanding will be achieved by both preoperative reading and discussion with the responsible attending.