Book your consultation with Dr. Liu to find out if you’re a candidate for minimally-invasive, robotics-assisted surgery.
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.
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.
No matter what health challenges you’re encountering, our team is devoted to providing you with our highest standard of care.
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.
Diagnosed with a Morgagni hernia at 70, I was understandably shocked. Dr. Liu, a compassionate surgeon, patiently guided me through this news and recommended surgical repair. He thoroughly explained the procedure and answered all my questions. Prior to the robotic surgery, Dr. Liu promptly addressed all my concerns. The surgery was successful, albeit slightly longer than anticipated, with a smooth recovery. Dr. Liu kept my daughter informed post-surgery and his colleague, Dr. Stanten, provided excellent follow-up care. In a post-op visit, Dr. Liu answered additional questions about my recovery and activity restrictions. I highly recommend Dr. Liu for hernia surgery.
Dr. Liu is very down to earth, reassuring and intelligent. His manner is calm, friendly and informative. One of the best doctors I have seen in my lifetime and I have seen a lot of doctors having quite a few chronic conditions. Normally having surgery is a very stressful and scary situation however, Dr. Liu is confident and kind, really sets your mind and fears aside because you know, you don't just hope, you know he cares and he will take care of you.
If I could give 6+ stars, I would. Dr. Liu was great! I had an umbilical hernia repaired and he made it sooo easy for me. Once my small incision is healed, I won't even know it's there. I highly recommend him and am so glad a friend referred me to him!
I strongly recommend Dr. Liu to friends/family. He performed a very high risk surgery on my 74 year old mother and stood by her side the whole way through. She had several health risks going into surgery, and although we were reluctant, Dr. Liu conferred with other department heads to make sure surgery was the best decision. Immediately after the operation he explained exactly what he did and even showed us pictures! He came to the hospital every day while she was in recovery, including his day off!
“I've been referred to Dr. Liu on separate occasions for a catheter placement and for hernias. The consultations were always highly informative and comforting. The surgeries involved minimal incisions, healed quickly and have served me well over a year later. His bedside manner exudes great competence and compassion and instilled a lot of calm and confidence through my hospital stays and recovery. Dr. Liu identified my hernias from several feet away, even before he examined me. It was the most understated demonstration of a superpower I have witnessed! In the week after my hernia surgery, I did not even notice the site, felt I could move normally and had no pain.”
Dr. Rockson Liu performed colon surgery on me. I had full confidence in his skills and was very pleased with his performance. He explained thoroughly about using the robot in surgery as I was hesitant about its use. His bedisde manner is extraordinary and the way he cares for his patients is outstanding. He came to visit me on his day off in the hospital after surgery, as I was recovering. I was very pleased that I got such a skilled surgeon who is also a wonderful person.
If you are lucky enough to have heard about Dr. Liu for hernia repair, look no further. He is a cutting edge hernia repair specialist, an expert in minimally invasive, robot assisted surgery. He is so highly regarded that he teaches other surgeons how to use the robot. The day after surgery, I walked over a mile. And by the second day after surgery, I felt pretty close to normal. Pain management was over the counter pain meds only (didn't need any opioids). And his post operation instructions are extremely detailed, very helpful and easy to understand. I could not be happier with his work!
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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