Gastrointestinal Surgical Procedures

Our surgeons use various techniques to physically remove the tumor or visible cancer cells. At Stony Brook, our goal is to use the least invasive method possible. Surgical options include traditional open and minimally invasive approaches, including laparoscopic, robotic-assisted and natural orifice.

Surgeons work very closely with the medical oncologists and radiation oncologists on their teams. If needed, surgical collaborations occur between teams. The team plans the best course of treatment and discusses their recommendations with the patient and family members.

Surgical Procedures
The Whipple Procedure 
For some individuals with pancreatic cancer, the Whipple procedure may be an option to extend life or offer a potential cure. Dr. Aaron Sasson has performed this complex surgery more than 500 times. Robotic-assisted surgery is also available now. For information on the first fully robotic Whipple procedure performed on Long Island, click here
VIEW VIDEO: Dr. Aaron Sasson explains the Whipple procedure.  
VIEW VIDEO: Meet Our Doctor, Dr. Aaron Sasson 
For information on the first fully robotic Whipple procedure performed on Long Island, click here

Cytoreductive surgery (CRS) and hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC).
For individuals who have advanced cancer contained within the abdomen, HIPEC may be an option. HIPEC is a procedure that combines surgery and chemotherapy. 
Ask the Expert: Georgios V. Georgakis, MD, PhD FAQs About Cytoreductive Surgery and HIPEC

FAQs about Irreversible Electroporation (IRE) for Pancreatic Cancer
Learn more about this surgical treatment for pancreatic cancer, from the Department of Surgery blog.

Minimally Invasive Techniques 
Our Gastrointestinal Surgery Team continues to expand their use of minimally invasive surgical techniques in the management of complex GI tumors and other diseases. This includes liver, pancreas, stomach and esophageal surgery frequently being performed with a minimally invasive approach. The benefits of this approach are faster recoveries and the ability of the patients to move on to other forms of treatment more rapidly.