Surgical Group of Johnson City
Laparoscopic Surgery
There are now many surgical procedures that can be successfully performed with minimally invasive techniques. This is most commonly referred to as Laparoscopic Surgery. Dr. Watson and Dr. Hodge are accomplished laparoscopic surgeons and have been the leaders in advancing laparoscopic techniques in the Tri-Cities. Both have spent considerable time teaching other surgeons minimally invasive and laparoscopic surgery.

Also, the approach to breast disease, melanoma, and parathyroid surgery has been revolutionized by minimally invasive techniques. The Neoprobe has allowed surgeons to abandon axillary dissections for breast cancer and melanoma by performing a Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy.

Likewise, no longer are surgical breast biopsies necessary for the diagnosis of breast cancer. Stereotatic Breast Biopsies can accurately diagnose breast pathology without the need for surgery. This is a simple procedure done as an outpatient outside the operating room. Dr. Hodge is one of three surgeons in the area trained and experienced in this procedure.

Laparoscopic and Minimally Invasive Procedures offered by Dr. Hodge and Dr. Watson

  • Gastric Bypass
  • Cholecystectomy
  • Appendectomy
  • Incisional/Ventral/ Inguinal Hernias
  • Colon Resections
  • Splenectomy
  • Nissan Fundoplication for Gastroesophageal Reflux
  • Heller Myotomy for Achalasia
  • Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy
  • Stereotatic Breast Biopsy
  • Parathyroid Surgery
  • Adrenalectomy