Minimally Invasive Surgery

General Surgery Practice

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Minimally Invasive Surgery Specialist | Wickenburg Community Hospital Surgical Clinic

At Wickenburg Community Hospital Surgical Clinic, state-of-the-art technology allows our team of medical professionals to be progressive across the complete continuum of care for our patients. Our highly-skilled, board-certified general surgeon Dr. Robert Ripley, MD, FACS specializes in minimally invasive endoscopic surgical techniques, including extensive experience in performing laparoscopic hernia repair, colon surgery, and gallbladder removal.  Minimally invasive surgery allows patients to experience an easier recovery than traditional open surgery. They also allow for more precise and less traumatic surgery. When minimally invasive surgery is not an option, Dr. Ripley is also skilled and experienced in traditional open surgical procedures.

If you need to schedule a general surgery procedure that does not require a physician referral, or if you are unsure whether you need a physician referral please call Wickenburg Community Hospital Surgical Clinic at 928-668-5506.

What is Minimally Invasive Endoscopic Surgery? 

You may be familiar with terms like laparoscopic surgerythoracoscopic surgery, or “keyhole” surgery. These are minimally invasive procedures that utilize an endoscope to reach internal organs through very small incisions.

During endoscopic surgery, the surgeon inserts a thin, flexible tube with a video camera through a small incision or a natural orifice like the mouth or nostrils. The tube has a channel to utilize tiny surgical instruments, which the surgeon uses while viewing the organs on a computer monitor.

This technique allows the surgeon to see inside the patient’s body and operate through a much smaller incision than would otherwise be required of traditional open surgery.

The benefits of endoscopic surgical procedures can include: 

  • Small incisions, few incisions, or no incision
  • Less pain
  • Low risk of infection
  • Short hospital stay
  • Quick recovery time
  • Less scarring
  • Reduced blood loss

 Minimally Invasive Surgery Procedures | Wickenburg Community Hospital Surgery Clinic

Common Minimally Invasive Surgery| Laparoscopic Hernia Repair

Having Laparoscopic Groin Hernia Repair: TEP | Articles | Mount Nittany Health System

Hernias (laparoscopic hernia repair): Benefits of laparoscopic hernia surgery include tiny scars rather than one larger incision, less pain after surgery, a quicker return to work, and a shorter recovery time (days instead of weeks). 





Common Minimally Invasive Surgery| Laparoscopic Colon Resection

What to Expect from Laparoscopic Colon Resection Surgery - Best General Surgeons NYCGastrointestinal/rectal conditions (laparoscopic colon resection): This procedure allows surgeons to perform many common colon procedures through small incisions. Depending on the type of procedure, patients may leave the hospital in a few days and return to normal activities more quickly than patients recovering from open surgery.





Common Minimally Invasive Surgery| Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy

Laparoscopic cholecystectomy vs. open cholecystectomy

Gallbladder disorders (laparoscopic cholecystectomy- gallbladder removal): Laparoscopic gallbladder surgery (cholecystectomy) removes the gallbladder and gallstones through several small cuts (incisions) in the abdomen. The surgeon inflates your abdomen with air or carbon dioxide in order to see clearly.





Is Laparoscopic Surgery Suitable for Me?

Laparoscopic surgery has very wide-ranging applications and is used in a number of very different diseases. For patients that are suitable for laparoscopic surgery, the experience is much easier. However, it is not appropriate for everyone. To find out if you are suitable for minimally invasive endoscopic surgery, call our surgery clinic to arrange a consultation with Dr. Ripley:  928-668-5506

Minimally Invasive Surgery | Why Choose Us?

  • Experienced team of experts
    From diagnosis, treatment, and recovery;  patients at Wickenburg Community Hospital (WCH) Surgical Clinic receive individualized care through the specialized hands of our nurses, surgical staff, talented board-certified general surgeon, Dr. Robert Ripley, MD, FACS,.
  • State-of-the-art facility 
    State-of-the-art technology allows our medical teams to be progressive across the complete continuum of care for our patients. Your operation will take place on-site in our 10,500 square-foot surgery center equipped with state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging machines and operating theater. In addition, should your treatment plan require rehabilitation; WCH offers individualized inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services. 
  • A team approach
    Dr. Ripley is part of our team of primary care physicians and skilled medical providers who work in conjunction with our teams at Wickenburg Community Hospital and WCH Pharmacy to provide you an integrated approach to diagnostic testing, treatment, and care planning. The result is a full continuum of care with the convenience of being close to home.
  • Personalized care
    Patients at WCH Surgical Clinic have come to trust the expert care and personal approach they receive. Our surgeons and healthcare providers take pride in getting to know you, understanding your concerns, and creating a plan tailored to your health needs.

Care You Can Trust | Wickenburg Community Hospital 

We provide expert pre-operative, operative, and post-operative management of general surgery patients with a broad spectrum of conditions:

State-of-the-art Surgical Technology | Board-Certified General Surgeon

Make an appointment with Dr. Ripley:  928-668-5506
Request Referral Information for Dr. Ripley: 928-668-5506

To Schedule an Appointment with Dr. Ripley, call 928-668-5506
At Wickenburg Community Hospital, diagnosing and treating the needs of our growing communities is our priority.  Please contact us with any medical or surgical questions or concerns (whether listed below or not). We will work with you to understand your insurance coverage and financial responsibility, as well as pre-operative instructions, recovery, and discharge.

Primary Care

Community Hospital Clinics are located in Wickenburg, Wittmann, and Congress. We sincerely follow our mission to provide quality health and wellness services where the patient, family, and community come first.

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Emergency Care

Our 8 bed Emergency Room department is fully staffed with emergency physicians, nurses, and ER specialists. Your wait time is typically measured in minutes not hours as in the larger metropolitan hospitals.

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Surgical Services

Wickenburg Community Hospital provides a wide variety of surgical care and treatment. We serve a vibrant and active community who favors quality health care close to home.

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