Dr. Trina Steljes is a skilled surgeon with years of experience dealing with both minor and major surgical procedures. The following is a list of the surgical procedures that Dr. Trina Steljes offers.
Laparoscopic Bowel Resection
This is a surgical procedure where the small or large intestine is either partially removed or completely removed. Patients will have this procedure performed to address problems with bleeding, inflammation, repeated infections, or blockages in the intestine. This procedure is an option for patients who have early signs of tumor or in conjunction with the removal of large polyps.
Laparoscopic Ventral and Inguinal Hernia Repair
This is a procedure that is used to repair openings or tears in the abdominal wall. The procedure uses small incisions as well as laparoscopes. During the procedure, a patient’s abdominal wall is reinforced with a screen or a mesh. The benefits of using the laparoscopic technique are that a patient recovers quicker, they are able to return back to work quicker, and for some patients there is decreased pain.
This procedure is designed to completely or partially remove the thyroid gland. Your thyroid gland is situated on the base of your neck and is shaped like a butterfly. It’s what creates the hormones needed to regulate your metabolism. It controls everything from the speed your heart beat to how fast your body is able to burn calories. This procedure is performed on individuals who have thyroid disorders, be them cancerous or noncancerous.
Breast Cancer Surgery and Follow-Up
Both a mastectomy and a lumpectomy are surgical procedures that are designed to treat the early stages of breast cancer. After the procedure, the breasts may be scarred, they may have a different shape, or they may have a different size than they did before surgery. Dr. Steljes will recommend regular follow-up care. The recommendations you receive will vary depending on how far progressed the cancer was when it was originally diagnosed as well as the types of treatment given.
Surgical Management Liver and Pancreas Tumors
For many patients, by the time they are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, it is too late for surgical procedures. Surgery can be performed if the cancer is localized. The goal of surgery for pancreatic patients is to remove the tumor before it spreads to blood vessels or distant lymph nodes. A hepatectomy is the complete or partial removal of the liver. This operation is performed for single tumors that have not grown into blood vessels. This option is only available for individuals who are healthy.
Laparoscopic gallbladder surgery for the removal of gallstones, also referred to as cholecystectomy, allows the gallstones to be removed through several small cuts that are made in the abdomen. During the procedure, your abdomen is inflated, either with air or carbon dioxide. This gives the surgeon a clear picture of what is going on in the area they are working with.