A variety of general surgery conditions afflict people in the Dallas and Plano areas. Also, patients can suffer from abdominal pain for unknown reasons. Dr. Malladi can help diagnose the cause of abdominal pain and if a surgical treatment is needed, she can apply her expertise to perform general surgery including the surgical procedures listed below.
Gallstones or gallbladder dysfunction can be painful and may necessitate a cholecystectomy, or gallbladder removal. Dr. Malladi performs this procedure using a laparoscopic approach for quick, low-pain recovery.
A hernia involves a weak section in the muscles that keep your insides inside. If you have a hernia, Dr. Malladi, with expertise in minimally invasive general surgery (in Dallas or Plano) can repair it with stitches and a permanent mesh. This is done either through laparoscopy or as an open surgery.
Upper Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
An endoscope, which is a long, flexible tube mounted with a camera, can be used to diagnose a variety of gastrointestinal conditions, such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), gastrointestinal bleeding, hiatal hernia, and anemia. Findings are used to determine whether certain procedures are needed, such as fundoplication or other general surgical procedures. An upper endoscopy may also be used for pre-operative testing for weight loss surgery.
A laparoscopic fundoplication can help with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). In this procedure, the hernia is sealed and the top part of the stomach is wrapped around the base of the esophagus, thereby creating the pressure necessary to keep stomach acidic fluids down.
Another surgical treatment is the new Linx procedure. In this procedure, Dr. Malladi places a necklace of magnets around the lower esophagus to help keep stomach acid from coming up the esophagus.
A hiatal hernia is a hernia of the diaphragm where the stomach slides into the chest. Dr. Malladi can repair this by bringing the stomach back down into the abdominal cavity and closing the hole in the diaphragm.
Laparoscopic Stomach or Small Intestinal Surgery
Sometimes certain tumors on the stomach or small intestine can be removed through minimally invasive techniques. These surgeries involve taking out a part of the stomach or small intestine which is affected by the mass and connecting them back together.
It is the surgical removal of a polyp. Polyps are noncancerous abnormal growth of the tissue along the lining of gastrointestinal wall. Gastrointestinal polyps can be removed endoscopically through colonoscopy or surgically if the polyp is too large. During colonoscopy, the polyps are identified and cut using forceps. Larger polyps are removed by passing a wire snare, tightening the snare around the polyp base and then burning with electric cautery.