Gastrointestinal (GI) Surgery
When the gastrointestinal tract (digestive tract) causes pain and other side effects, your life can feel like a daily battle. At Cedars-Sinai, we offer team-based surgical care to treat all types of gastrointestinal conditions, helping you feel better. Our team performs a high number of robotic-assisted gastrointestinal surgeries, leading to precise, effective care.
What Is Gastrointestinal (GI) Surgery?
Gastrointestinal surgeons are experts in the body’s digestive tract (the system that processes food). Surgery can often be the best treatment for those who have conditions that aren't responding to medicine. We also perform revision surgery, to fix a procedure that did not work.
At Cedars-Sinai, we are leaders in the field of minimally invasive GI surgery. Our team performed the first laparoscopic cholecystectomy in Southern California at Cedars-Sinai in the 1990s—and we continue to lead innovation in minimally invasive GI surgery.
Minimally invasive gastrointestinal surgery focuses on:
- Small intestines
- Abdominal wall
Our Approach to Gastrointestinal Surgery
At Cedars-Sinai, we offer:
Advanced Surgical Methods
We work with many specialists to give you the expert care and treatment you need. Our team includes surgeons trained in robotic surgery and other advanced surgical techniques.
Latest Minimally Invasive Technology
Minimally invasive procedures use thin cameras and tiny instruments. These cameras provide detailed, high-quality visualization of the operating area, leading to a more effective procedure. We also use advanced tools, such as near infrared fluorescence, to provide the most precise surgery possible.
Our team uses minimally invasive surgery whenever possible to help you get better faster. These procedures result in less blood loss, better outcomes and a faster recovery. Learn more about minimally invasive surgery.
We are committed to understanding and improving treatment options for gastrointestinal conditions. We partner with other Cedars-Sinai centers of excellence and conduct our own robust research program, which results in offering new treatments that are not yet widely available. Learn more about current clinical trials at Cedars-Sinai.
Your comfort and peace of mind are important to us. A patient navigator helps you set up your appointments and keeps the lines of communication open. We also offer supportive care services to help you before and after surgery.
Upper Gastrointestinal Conditions We Treat Surgically
We offer sophisticated surgical treatment for all upper gastrointestinal conditions, including:
Partners in Gastrointestinal Surgery
We work with other specialists to plan and customize your treatment, so you get the care you need to feel better. These specialists include experts in GI motility, genetics, oncology, nutrition and supportive care medicine.
At our Esophageal Center, we treat esophageal conditions such as dysphagia and esophageal cancer. Our team combines advanced diagnostic procedures and imaging techniques with sophisticated testing and minimally invasive treatments. This approach provides a precise picture of esophageal conditions so we can offer the most effective treatment.
Our team treats a wide range of gastrointestinal conditions, such as celiac disease and peptic ulcers. Our GI motility team performs advanced diagnostic testing and screening, including colonoscopies, upper endoscopies and breath tests. We get an accurate diagnosis so we can develop a treatment plan that meets your needs.
Interventional gastroenterology experts diagnose and treat conditions using minimally invasive endoscopy rather than open surgery. We work with members of the pancreatic and biliary team to offer advanced, minimally invasive diagnosis and treatment. We provide faster, more accurate results using procedures that are gentler on your body.
People with gastrointestinal cancer receive the highest quality, personalized care experience at Cedars-Sinai, from diagnosis through treatment and recovery.
Our team works with top experts in oncology and general surgery. We offer comprehensive care, including thorough gastric cancer evaluations and advanced surgery for gastric tumors. We also offer clinical trials for the latest in innovative cancer therapies.