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No Matter the Procedure, 

Getting Started is an Easy 3-Step Process: 

Step 1:

Book your consultation with Dr. Liu to find out if you’re a candidate for minimally-invasive, robotics-assisted surgery. 

Step 2:

Come into our San Ramon office for your consultation (or meet with us via video call if you’re out of state). Dr. Liu will complete an examination and schedule any additional testing. 

Step 3:

After any additional testing (if needed), our office staff will submit a pre-authorization to your insurance. Then, we’ll reach out to you to book your surgery date.

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Redefining What It Means to Give You the Highest Standard of Care. 

No matter what health challenges you’re encountering, our team is devoted to providing you with our highest standard of care. 

  • You’ll have a surgical treatment plan tailored specifically to your needs with the intent of:
  • Minimizing pain,
  • Minimizing scarring,
  • Shortening your hospital stay,
  • Providing a faster, smoother recovery,
  • Getting you back to the life you enjoy. 

You’ll have Dr. Liu with you every step of the way, from the initial consultation, to the morning of the surgery (and surgery itself), and for each follow-up appointment afterward. 

 

What Our Patients Had to Say: 

World-Class Surgeons from These Institutions 
Have Learned from Dr. Liu

The General Surgeon and Hernia Repair Specialist Doctors Trust

Standing room only for surgeons listening to Dr. Liu speaking on Ventral Hernia at the May 2023 Intuitive Connect conference in Nashville. 

According to Dr. Liu,

 “95% of all hernia repairs can and should be fixed with minimally-invasive, robotics-assisted surgery. “

“Traditional” or “open” surgery involves a large incision and often leaves the patient recovering for weeks or longer.

Minimally-invasive surgery, on the other hand, involves small incisions (only 5-8mm or ¼”-⅓” long). With it, your recovery time is much quicker because your body is not healing a large incision. You’ll find that you may be moving around much faster than if you were to have an open surgery.

When it comes to minimally-invasive surgery, there are two techniques: laparoscopic and robotics-assisted. 

Robotics-assisted surgery, which has been around for almost 30 years, is similar to laparoscopic surgery but gives the surgeon even more tools and dexterity. 

The surgeon uses small incisions and inserts instruments into tubes. Where laparoscopic tools are straight, robotics-assisted tools have little wrists on the ends of the instruments. It allows the surgeon to complete finer, more precise movements during surgery.

The benefits? Robotics-assisted surgeries often come with shorter hospital stays and quicker, smoother recoveries with less pain. 

Advantages of Robotics-Assisted Surgery

Robotics-Assisted Surgery

Laparoscopic Surgery

Uses minimally-invasive, small incisions (5-8mm or ¼”-⅓” long)
Uses minimally-invasive, small incisions (5-8mm or ¼”-⅓” long)
Uses wristed instruments that enhance the surgeon’s movements
Uses straight instruments that are more difficult to maneuver
Relies on only the surgeon’s operative skills
Relies on the skills of the surgeon and assistant, such as a scrub tech
Gives the surgeon a 3-dimensional image of the operation site for more accuracy
Gives the surgeon a 2-dimensional image of the operation site
Gives the surgeon “additional hands” allowing the surgeon to assist himself
Only gives the surgeon the opportunity to use 2 hands 
Allows the surgeon to obtain the best results more consistently
Opens the door for inconsistencies, depending on the surgeon’s team the day of the operation
Generally allows for a shorter hospital stay and a quicker, smoother recovery
Opens the door for a longer hospital stay, depending on the surgery
Minimizes scarring and pain
Potentially comes with more scarring and pain

Our Expert Team is Here to Help You Get the Relief 
You Need from Any of These Health Challenges:

What is an umbilical hernia vs. hiatal hernia? 

An umbilical hernia is caused when fatty tissue or part of the intestines pushes through the abdominal wall close to your belly button. You may see a bulge or protrusion with an umbilical hernia. 

A hiatal hernia is when the upper section of your stomach or other organs, such as the spleen, pancreas, or colon, pushes through the diaphragm into your chest. While you won’t see anything physically noticeable, you may experience chronic heartburn after you eat or even difficulty swallowing. 

What is a hiatal hernia vs. inguinal hernia? 

While a hiatal hernia is found in the upper abdomen and lower chest region, an inguinal hernia is on the opposite end of the abdomen. Inguinal hernias, or groin hernias, happen when tissue, including the intestines, push through weak areas in your groin area. 

With an inguinal hernia, you may see a bulge or protrusion in your lower abdomen or groin. Some people never feel symptoms, other than seeing the bulge. However, many inguinal hernias are painful, especially when coughing, bending over, lifting heavy objects, or standing for long periods of time. 

What are the paraesophageal hernia types? 

Type II, III, and IV hiatal hernias are also known as paraesophageal hernias. The stomach slides into the chest next to the esophagus in Type II paraesophageal hernias. Type III is a mix of sliding (Type I) and Type II paraesophageal hernias. Type IV is the largest paraesophageal hernia because other organs such as the colon or pancreas are also herniating into the chest. This happens when a portion of the stomach pushes into the esophagus. 

What are the stomach hernia types? 

Many people use “stomach” and “abdomen” interchangeably. However, the stomach refers to the organ the esophagus empties into and helps digest food. The abdomen refers to the entire cavity that contains your internal organs such as the stomach, liver, intestines, kidneys, spleen, and bladder. 

Therefore, stomach hernia types would refer to hiatal or paraesophageal hernia types, where the stomach is herniating through a large hole in the diaphragm into the chest. Abdominal hernias, on the other hand, refer to a hernia in the abdominal wall, which consists of a hole in the muscle of the abdominal wall. These are caused when fatty tissue, intestine, or other organs inside the abdomen pushes through the abdominal wall. The different abdominal hernia types include:

  • Epigastric hernia
  • Umbilical hernia
  • Incisional hernia
  • Spigelian hernia
  • Flank hernia
  • Lumbar hernia
  • Ventral hernia
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Are you feeling a sharp pain just below your breastbone or ribs? Do you have a burning sensation in your chest or throat? Have you tried taking medicines, but nothing seems to be working? 

You may have a more chronic problem with acid reflux. That’s where anti-reflux surgery completed by Dr. Liu can play its part. 

During a consultation, he’ll complete an examination to see if you’re a candidate for minimally-invasive anti-reflux surgery.

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Adrenal surgery involves removing one or both adrenal glands due to: a non-cancerous tumor, a cancerous tumor, or because your glands are producing too many hormones. 

During a consultation with Dr. Liu, he’ll complete an examination to see if you’re a candidate for minimally-invasive adrenal surgery.

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Are you living with repeated gallstone attacks? Are you having sharp pain in the upper right area of your abdomen? Are you experiencing pain after eating, indigestion combined with heartburn, gas, or bloating? 

Those are all common signs of an inflamed or infected gallbladder, and they can easily get in the way of living a normal life. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Liu to see if you’re a candidate for minimally-invasive gallbladder surgery.

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There are many reasons why you may need colon or rectal surgery, including colon cancer, rectal cancer, and diverticulitis. 

During a consultation with Dr. Liu, he’ll complete an examination to see if you’re a candidate for a minimally-invasive colon and/or rectal surgery.

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Your small intestines, also known as the small bowels, are an important part of your digestive system. 

If you have strictures, cancer or precancerous polyps, benign tumors, severe ulcers, blockages, or infections, you may be a candidate for minimally-invasive small intestinal surgery. 

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Under your ribcage on the upper left side of your abdomen, sits the spleen.  The spleen is important in “cleaning” your blood.  Certain diseases relating to the spleen, such as ITP and myelofibrosis, may require an operation to remove the spleen, called a splenectomy.  Sometimes tumors in the spleen will require a splenectomy.

Dr. Liu will walk you through an examination first to determine if you’re a candidate for a minimally-invasive splenectomy. 

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If you have a tumor or inflammation on your appendix, or you have recurrent appendicitis, there is an inherent risk of the appendix rupturing or bursting.

You may need an appendectomy if you’re showing symptoms of appendicitis. See if you’re a candidate for a minimally-invasive appendectomy.

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The leading minimally-invasive general and hernia repair surgeon on the West Coast, serving patients in the greater SF Bay Area. 

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Oakland, CA 94609

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