Abdominal Surgery

Abdominal surgery, sometimes referred to as "general" surgery, is a surgical specialty that focuses on the abdominal organs, including the stomach, liver, intestines, appendix, breasts, thyroid gland, salivary glands, some arteries and veins, and the skin.

At Texas Health Center for Diagnostics & Surgery, surgeons on the medical staff provide diagnosis and treatment of many abdominal diseases and disorders by using the latest advances in surgical techniques to achieve safe and successful surgical outcomes.

Whenever possible, these procedures are performed using minimally invasive techniques, which generally results in faster recovery periods and shorter hospital stays.

Common Abdominal Procedures


The appendix is a small, narrow tube that attaches to the right side of the colon. Appendix removal surgery, also known as an appendectomy, is typically performed when an infection occurs in the appendix and it becomes inflamed, causing complications.

Hernia Repair Surgery

A hernia occurs when the inner layers of abdominal muscle become weakened and organs or tissue began to bulge through the defect. Typically, surgery is performed to remove the bulge.

Gallbladder Removal Surgery

The gallbladder is an organ whose purpose is to collect and concentrate a digestive liquid (bile) produced by the liver. Problems with the gallbladder are typically caused by gallstones: small crystal-like masses that cause severe pain.

Surgery to remove the gallbladder is called a “cholecystectomy.” Your surgeon may remove it laparoscopically, a procedure where a small, thin tube with a camera on the tip of it is used to see inside the body. Several small incisions are used instead of a large incision. Your surgeon may also remove the gallbladder with the assistance of a robotic surgical system.

With traditional laparoscopy and multi-port robotic surgery, surgeons operate through a few small incisions. With single incision traditional laparoscopy and the robotic single-site surgery, your surgeon operates through one small incision in the navel (belly button). 

Laparoscopic Surgery

Laparoscopic surgery, also known as minimally invasive surgery, involves the assistance of a video camera and a thin, lighted tube put through an incision to view internal organs. Since the incisions are small, recovery is faster and post-operative pain is typically less.

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