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Clinical Activities

The division of Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) includes a number of surgeons spread over several McGill teaching hospitals and McGill affiliated hospital sites including the McGill University Health Centre, the Jewish General Hospital, and St Mary’s Hospital.

Minimally Invasive Surgery encompasses a broad range of clinical activities at McGill. Laparoscopy is commonly used in the day to day practice of general surgeons at McGill for elective and emergency cases.

Laparoscopic cholecystectomy and appendectomy are routinely performed and laparoscopy is frequently used in small bowel resections, hernia repair (ventral and inguinal), lymph node biopsies and diagnostic procedures.

Advanced laparoscopic procedures are performed in a variety of different clinical specialties.

Our busy colorectal divisions at both the Montreal General and Jewish General Hospitals perform a significant proportion of colon and rectal cases for benign and malignant disease by laparoscopy.

Bariatric Surgery is performed at both the Royal Victoria and Lachine General sites of the McGill University Health Centre and offers patients a range of advanced bariatric procedures including sleeve gastrectomy, roux-y gastric bypass and biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch.

Minimally invasive foregut surgery for benign disease such as paraesophageal hernia, achalasia and reflux disease and malignant disease including gastric and esophageal cancer is performed at a number of clinical sites.

We also have recently started to perform Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopic Surgeries (NOTES) in the form of Peroral Endoscopic Myotomy (POEM) for the treatment of Achalsia and other esophageal motility disorders.

Finally, solid organ surgery including splenectomy, adrenalectomy and donor nephrectomy are a strength of our division.

All minimally invasive surgical procedures are logged in a secure outcomes database, and this is based on the format developed by the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) and allows us to benchmark our experience with other surgeons across North America.

You can see the volume of MIS fellowship faculty laparoscopic cases in charts here.

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