- General Surgery
- Breast Surgery
- Colorectal Surgery
- Minimally Invasive Surgery
- How is minimally invasive surgery performed?
- What are the benefits of minimally invasive surgery?
- What are the risks associated with minimally invasive surgery?
- What are commonly performed MIS procedures?
- Intraoperative Radiation Therapy (IORT)
Our focus at Advanced Surgical Care of Northern Illinois is the medical specialty of General Surgery which encompasses providing care in relationship to your abdominal organs, esophagus, stomach, colon, liver, gallbladder and bile ducts, and thyroid gland. In addition, we possess extensive sub-specialty experience which includes breast surgery, upper GI surgery, colorectal surgery, bariatric surgery, and thyroid surgery. We care for patients with many of the types of problems and procedures below:
- Abnormal abdominal CT scan
- Biliary Disease
- Biopsy - fine needle aspiration
- Endocrine Surgery
- Cholecystectomy (Gallbladder)
- Hernia Repair (Abdominal Wall and Inguinal)
- Stomach Surgery
- Anti-reflux surgery
- Hiatal Hernia Repair
- Colon operations for Cancer and Diverticular Disease
- Abnormal mammography
- Pancreatic Disease
- Parathyroid Surgery
- Releasing Peritonial Adhesions
- Upper GI Endoscopy (Esophagus and Stomach)
- Lower GI Endoscopy (Colon)
- Small Intestine Surgery
- Surgery of the Thyroid and Parathyroid
- Thyroid Biopsy
- Thyroid needle aspiration
- Thyroid Surgery
Breast surgery encompasses a variety of procedures for the diagnosis and treatment of benign and malignant conditions.
- Breast ultrasound
- Breast core biopsy
- Breast surgery
- Breast Sentinel Node Biopsy
Colorectal surgery is defined as the surgical treatment of conditions of the colon, rectum, and anus. Dr. Ondrula, our board certified expert colorectal surgeon, specializes in evaluating and treating colitis, hemorrhoids, Crohns, inflammatory bowel disease, diverticulitis, obstruction, ischemia, colonic endoscopy, and colonic neoplasms such as polyps, and cancer.
- Cancer Screening
- Cancer Surgery
- Colorectal Cancer
- Gastric Cancer
- Benign and Malignant Soft Tissue Tumors
Bariatric Surgery describes the procedures involved in combating morbid obesity via alteration of the gastrointestinal tract. It is increasingly used in the cases of patients who have tried other weight loss regimes and have failed to sufficiently reduce their body weight to acceptable levels. Dr. Chang is at the forefront of leading Barrington Bariatric Center as the premier bariatric surgery program in Northern Illinois. She performs the following procedures:
- Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass– One of the most popular and successful surgical approaches to weight loss surgery is the Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass, which is considered the ‘Gold Standard’ of all bariatric procedures. This procedure involves modification of the stomach into a small upper pouch so that only a small amount of food can be eaten at one time. Food is routed past much of the stomach and the first part of the small intestine. Weight loss is typically dramatic, and co-morbidities can be reduced by up to 80%. This procedure is done laparoscopically.
- Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding - is a form of restrictive weight loss surgery that involves an inflatable, adjustable band which is placed around the top portion of the stomach. The placement of the band creates a small pouch at the top of the stomach which holds approximately 50 ml. This pouch 'fills' with food quickly and the passage of food from the top to the bottom of the stomach is slowed. As the upper part of the stomach believes it is ‘full’, the message to the brain is that the stomach is full and this sensation helps the person to eat smaller portions, eat less and therefore lose weight over time. The band can be adjusted during follow up visits to optimize weight loss, and there is no cutting or stapling of the stomach. This surgery is performed laparoscopically.
At Advanced Surgical Care of Northern Illinois, many procedures are performed laparoscopically, with the advanced minimally invasive skills of our expert surgeons. Minimally invasive surgery, also known as MIS, minimal access, keyhole surgery, laparacopic surgery or endoscopic surgery, is a major advance in surgical technique bringing patients excellent results in comparison to traditional ‘open’ surgical procedures. MIS involves having minimum interference with the body’s normal physiological function thus allowing surgeons access to complex anatomy through very small incisions instead of the large incisions associated with traditional ‘open’ surgery. Patients often experience less pain, faster recovery, and a shorter length of stay at the hospital.
A tiny camera is introduced into the body through a small incision and transmits images back to a video monitor, thus enabling us to diagnose and treat a variety of conditions. We insert surgical instruments and devices such as irrigation and drainage devices through the small incisions to assist in treating the condition.
- Less pain
- Decreased need for pain medication postop
- Minimal scarring
- Less likelihood of complications
- Reduced therapy requirements
- Earlier return to activity (and often discharge from hospital)
Complications of any surgery include:
- Blood clots
- Heart/lung problems
- Damage to bowel, organs or blood vessels
- Wound infections
- Hernia Repair
- Gallbladder removal
- Nissen Fundoplication (for Reflux)
- Bariatric procedures
- Colon resection