Visceral and thoracic surgery_
Visceral surgery is the medical specialisation dedicated to surgical treatment of the gastrointestinal tract (oesophagus, stomach, intestines, colon and rectum), the liver, pancreas and gall bladder, as well as the lining (hernias). Thoracic surgery is the medical specialisation dedicated to surgical treatment of the lungs, trachea, bronchi and pleura.
Visceral surgery, which is also called Digestive Surgery, is one of the basic surgical sectors. Formerly called general surgery, it covers surgical treatment for benign and malignant, inflammatory or tumour cell pathologies of the viscera; the digestive tube (oesophagus, stomach, intestine, colon and rectum); liver, gall bladder, endocrine and exocrine glands (pancreas, thyroid, parathyroid, adrenals) and the wall (hernias, …).
This is performed in two ways – the laparotomy (Open procedure – with a standard surgical incision) and a laparoscopy (Endoscopic - done through small, keyhole incisions, video-surgery, or minimally invasive surgery).
This is used for surgical resection purposes in the case of infectious diseases (appendicitis, diverticulitis …) or tumours (cancers), or for functional purposes (obesity surgery: bypass, or gastro-oesophagus reflux syndrome), or even as reparative measures (hernias, breaks in suturing, bowel obstruction).
The Clinique de La Source is equipped with the most sophisticated surgical facilities. The operating theatres are equipped with state-of-the-art video-surgery systems while the operating unit has the da Vinci surgical robot amongst other things.
This state-of-the-art technology enables accredited digestive surgeons at La Source to practise every kind of visceral intervention, ranging from the simplest to the most complex, naturally excluding organ transplants which are the preserve of specialist centres.
This modern infrastructure also enables a number of renowned expert surgeons who work at La Source to take part in video-conferences for international congresses by retransmitting their digestive interventions live.