Dr. Duarte is a highly trained surgeon, performing a wide variety of advanced surgical procedures. Some of these include:
• Laparoscopic Hernia Repair (Ventral, Incisional, Inguinal)
In the US, about 600,000 surgical hernia repairs are performed each year. While many are performed using the conventional "open" method, some are performed through laparoscopy. Laparoscopic hernia repair is a relatively new surgical technique to fix tears in the abdominal wall (muscle) using small incisions, a patch (mesh), and special cameras to view inside the body. In the hands of a trained surgeon, laparoscopy may frequently offers advantages over the traditional method. These advantages include faster recovery for the patient, less postoperative pain, and a quicker return to work and normal activities.
• Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy and Lysis of Adhesions
Conventional open cholecystectomy is a major abdominal surgical procedure, in which the gallbladder is removed through a large (4-7 inch) abdominal incision. Patients often remain hospitalized for 3-7 days and may need to recover at home for several weeks. In most cases, Laparoscopic cholecystectomy is now considered the procedure of choice for treating gallstones. Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy does not require large abdominal incisions, leading to less pain, faster healing, better cosmetic results, and fewer complications from infection. The majority of patients are discharged the same day, and can return to normal activity in about a week.
Most cases of acute appendicitis can be treated laparoscopically. The laparoscopic approach usually prevents the need for a large incision in the abdomen, leading to less post-operative pain, faster recovery and return to normal activity, shorter hospital stay, fewer post-operative complications, and minimal incisions and scars. In most cases, patients can be discharged within 24 to 36 hours. In contrast, the conventional "open" procedure typically requires a stay of two to five days in the hospital.
• Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication
This procedure alleviates chronic heartburn in people whose condition cannot be controlled by lifestyle changes or medication. When performed as a conventional "open" surgery, it requires an incision between 6 and 10 inches long, hospital stays of up to 10 days, and recovery periods as long as 2 months. Laparoscopy provides significant benefits, including less blood loss, less chance of infection, and faster recovery - as short as 1-2 weeks.
Other procedures with which Dr. Duarte has extensive training and expertise include:
For more information about how Dr. Duarte can help you, please call his office at 630.472.1111.