The board-certified gastrointestinal, colorectal and hepatobiliary surgical specialists at White Plains Hospital are highly qualified to perform minimally invasive and complex surgeries for benign and malignant conditions along the entire digestive tract. This area covers the esophagus, stomach, intestines, colon, rectum, gall bladder, liver, pancreas, and bile duct.
Because disorders of the gastrointestinal tract can overlap with problems affecting many other areas of the body, our surgeons take a multidisciplinary approach to treatment, working with other specialists in thoracic surgery (for certain disorders of the esophagus), gastroenterology, hepatology (liver specialists), oncology, radiation therapy, and anesthesiologists to find the best and most effective care for each patient’s situation. Patients with GI disorders who previously might have had to travel into the city for their surgical procedures can now have their pre-operative evaluation, surgery, chemotherapy or radiation in the case of malignant disease, and any other necessary medical procedures and follow-up care right here in White Plains.
Our surgical programs
White Plains Hospital's gastrointestinal (GI) surgical specialists diagnose and treat benign and malignant GI disorders.
Many common GI surgical procedures, such as inguinal hernia repair, are performed laparoscopically. This minimally invasive approach reduces discomfort and enables patients to return to normal activities more quickly.
Gastrointestinal surgeons provide expert care in the treatment of:
White Plains Hospital's hepatobiliary team provides individualized care for patients needing liver, bile duct and pancreas surgery, including treatment of pancreatic cancer and primary liver cancers, benign tumors, as well as liver metastases from colorectal, neuroendocrine and other cancers. Employing a multidisciplinary approach, which includes interventional radiology, gastroenterology and oncology, the hepatobiliary team can also devise an comprehensive treatment program for patients who may not be candidates for surgery.
White Plains Hospital colon and rectal surgery is recognized for the breadth of its diagnostic and clinical experience as well as its surgical expertise. While employing the least invasive techniques necessary, the interdisciplinary team ensures that patients with disorders of the colon, rectum and anus, receive comprehensive, compassionate care.
There are sophisticated tests to determine the nature of a gastrointestinal problem, whether surgery is indicated and to determine whether it is cancer-related or not. Many of these tests are conducted at The Colon Cancer and GI (Gastrointestinal) Screening Center, also known as the White Plains Hospital's Endoscopy Program, which offers various screening procedures of the digestive tract, described collectively as "endoscopies."
These include colonoscopy screening and utilize some of the most technologically advanced equipment available. This allows the Hospital's highly-trained and skilled physicians to check the patient’s digestive tract for ulcers, tumors and other irregularities. While most procedures are performed on an outpatient basis, having them performed in a hospital setting provides additional reassurance to patients should any medical complications arise during or after the procedure.
Benign disorders of the gastrointestinal tract:
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Esophageal ieiomyoma
- Paraesophageal hernia/hiatal hernia
- Abdominal wall hernias
- Transplant surgery
- Whipple surgery for pancreatic cancer
- Weight loss (bariatric surgery)
- Bile duct and colon resections and reconstruction
Our team of surgeons expertly performs minimally invasive robotic surgeries to treat cancerous as well as benign disorders of the colon, rectum and anus. They are supported by specialized nurses, physician assistants, surgical technologists and anesthesiologists who are highly experienced in robotic surgery.