General Surgery

General Surgery Specialist
Dr. Helmuth Billy, MD of Ventura Advanced Surgical Associations in Ventura, CA is a board certified general surgeon, who in addition to being renowned for weight loss procedures, is highly-experienced in performing a wide array of general surgeries. Using the latest in laparoscopic and robotic technology, Dr. Billy provides general surgeries – from hernia repair to spleen removal — for patients throughout Ventura and Santa Barbara, CA.

General Surgery Q & A

What is laparoscopic surgery?

Laparoscopic surgery also referred to as minimally invasive surgery, is performed with the assistance of a tiny video camera and special, ultra-thin instruments. Several small incisions are made in the abdomen through which a tube with a camera attached is inserted. The camera transmits the image from inside the patient, onto a monitor for the surgeon to view. Laparoscopic surgery can offer numerous advantages over traditional surgery. This include:

  • Less post-operative pain and quicker healing, since the incisions are a lot smaller
  • Smaller scars
  • The ability for a surgeon to magnify the patient’s internal image for greater clarity and precision

What types of laparoscopic procedures does Dr. Billy perform?

Ventura Advanced Surgical Associates in Ventura has its state-of-the-art surgical center, conveniently housed in the same 6,500-square foot facility where pre-operation examinations and rehabilitation services are performed. At this on-site surgical center, Dr. Billy performs an extensive number of laparoscopic surgeries. Among the most common are:

  • Hernia repairAntireflux surgery (heartburn surgery)
  • Antireflux surgery (heartburn surgery)
  • Cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal)
  • Colon surgery
  • Esophagus surgery
  • Liver Surgery
  • Stomach surgery
  • Pancreas surgery
  • Adrenalectomy (Adrenal Gland Removal)
  • Splenectomy (spleen removal)
  • Nephrectomy (kidney removal)
  • Emergency laparoscopy

What is da Vinci™ robotic surgery?

Dr. Billy has extensive experience in performing surgery assisted by da Vinci robotic technology. This leading-edge technology utilizes the assistance of a computer-controlled robot to help perform certain laparoscopic abdomen procedures with greater precision and in an even less invasive manner. Dr. Billy works a few feet away from the operating table at a computer console that displays a high-resolution, 3-D image of the operating field. He maneuvers two master controls (similar to joysticks) that navigate two mechanical arms on a robot. These mechanical arms are equipped with specialized instruments that reach inside the patient’s stomach, via the tiny incisions, where they can carry out sophisticated, hand-like movements.

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