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Department of Minimally Invasive Surgery

Prakash R Paragi MS, MD
Director, Minimally Invasive Surgery
Department of Surgery
Saint Barnabas Medical Center
94 Old Short Hills Rd, Suite 1172
Livingston, NJ 0703
9973-322-8954 (Off)
973-322-2471 (Fax)

The Department of Minimally Invasive Surgery is a multidisciplinary center dedicated to excellence in patient care, clinical training, research and outcomes studies pertaining to techniques and technology of minimally invasive surgery. Minimally invasive surgery (called laparoscopic surgery) is done through small incisions using specialized techniques, miniature cameras, fiber-optic lights and high definition monitors.

Presently, a significant percent of all operations, ranging from gallbladder surgery (the most common) to heart bypasses are performed by this technique. For patients, minimally invasive surgery means less trauma to the body, less blood loss, smaller surgical scars and decreased need of pain medication. Patients who undergo minimally invasive surgery experience less postoperative pain, shorter hospital stays, early return to work and normal daily activities and less post operative scarring. Robot-assisted surgery is a specialized form of minimally invasive surgery that has a growing use at Saint Barnabas Medical Center.

MIS department promotes innovation and excellence through the development of laparoscopic skills training. The MIS Center is a fully functional surgical simulation center serving students, residents, and established surgeons learning new laparoscopic surgery skills.

Saint Barnabas Medical Center is one of the largest and most experienced minimally invasive surgery practices in the United States, performing thousands of procedures each year. Minimally invasive surgery is performed both on an inpatient (stay in the hospital) and outpatient (go home the same day) basis.

Minimally invasive surgical procedures include advanced laparoscopic procedures that are performed through either a single port or through a single incision.

Following are some types of minimally invasive surgery performed at Saint Barnabas Medical Center.

Gastroenterologic & General Surgery

  • Laparoscopic appendectomy
  • Laparoscopic gallbladder surgery
  • Laparoscopic femoral hernia repair
  • Laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair
  • Laparoscopic umbilical hernia repair
  • Laparoscopic ventral hernia repair
  • Laparoscopic lymph node biopsy
  • Laparoscopic anti-reflux procedure
  • Laparoscopic repair of hiatal hernias
  • Laparoscopic esophageal myotomy
  • Laparoscopic bariatric surgery
  • Laparoscopic esophagectomy
  • Laparoscopic procedure for selected stomach tumors
  • Laparoscopic treatment of gastroparesis
  • Laparoscopic adrenalectomy
  • Laparoscopic splenectomy
  • Laparoscopic distal pancreatectomy
  • Laparoscopic procedure for liver cysts, hepatic resections
  • Minimally invasive parathyroidectomy
  • Robotic surgery

Small Bowel, Colon & Rectal Surgery

  • Laparoscopic treatment for large bowel tumors

Laparoscopic treatment for small bowel tumors includes treatment of:

  • Colon cancer
  • Colonic dysmotility — slow-transit constipation
  • Crohn's disease
  • Diverticulitis — diverticular disease
  • Hereditary polyps -- e.g., Familial Adenomatous Polyposis
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Large polyps that cannot be removed at colonoscopy
  • Rectal prolapse
  • Ulcerative colitis

Thoracic Surgery

  • Endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy (ETS) for hyperhidrosis
  • Laparoscopic fundoplication for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Laparoscopic myotomy for achalasia
  • Laparoscopic repair of large hiatal hernia
  • Minimally invasive lung surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Diaphragmatic pacing

For more information about minimally invasive surgery, call 1-888-724-7123.