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Safe Procedures. More Treatment Options.Minimally Invasive Surgery

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The Division of Minimally Invasive Surgery at Johns Hopkins provides patients improved surgical treatments that can reduce complications and recovery time. Our surgeons are trained in the latest advancement of minimally invasive surgical techniques for conditions including esophageal/digestive diseases, hernia (abdominal wall), obesity and metabolic syndrome.


Why Choose Johns Hopkins for Minimally Invasive Surgery

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Comprehensive Research

We conduct ongoing research in hernia care and digestive disease which has led to cutting-edge discoveries and advancements in clinical care for all patients.

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Women and LGBTQ Care

Our team is trained in specialized care for women who are at risk for pain and LGBT+ patients who may be reluctant to seek care for personal reasons.

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Hernia Expertise

Our surgeons are internationally known for hernia expertise and provide individualized hernia care.


Conditions We Treat

Our experts approach surgical disease of the abdomen in a less invasive way to improve the recovery process for our patients. Learn more about the digestive conditions we treat.


  • Obesity
  • Reflux after weight loss surgery
  • Weight regain

Digestive/esophageal Diseases

Hernia (Abdominal Wall)

We treat all types of hernias which include the following:


Patient Education Videos

Robotic Surgery | FAQ with Dr. Alisa Coker

Johns Hopkins minimally invasive surgeon Dr. Alisa Coker answers frequently asked questions about robotic surgery, including conditions treated with the technique and benefits in comparison to traditional open surgery.

GERD and Swallowing FAQ

GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) and swallowing problem specialists and minimally invasive surgeons Brett Parker and Brenda Zosa answer FAQs.

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) | FAQ with Dr. Gina Adrales

Johns Hopkins minimally invasive surgeon Gina Adrales answers important questions about GERD including the most common symptoms and the recovery process.

Hiatal Hernia Repair | FAQ with Dr. Alisa Coker

Minimally Invasive Surgeon Alisa Coker answers Hiatial Hernia Repair FAQ's like, what a hiatal hernia is and how to repair it, how to know if one is a candidate as well as what to expect after surgery.


Minimally Invasive Surgical Treatments

Learn more information about the minimally invasive surgical procedures we provide. Your physician will decide on the best option for you.

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    Non-robotic minimally invasive surgery is also known as endoscopic surgery. You also may be familiar with terms like  laparoscopic surgery, thoracoscopic 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.

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    Surgeons use robotic technology to expand the kinds of patients who can be treated in a less invasive way, allowing for more closed, minimally invasive surgeries.

    One example of robotic-assisted surgery is when surgeons operate from a console equipped with two master controllers that maneuver four robotic arms. This enables the surgeon to see the surgical procedure better than ever before using a high-definition 3-D image on the console. Computer technology replaces actual hand movements and increases the precision of each maneuver.


Meet Our Experts

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National Capital Region


Locations for Care

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General Surgery — Johns Hopkins Health Care & Surgery Center, Bethesda

6420 Rockledge Dr, Ste 2100
Bethesda, MD 20817

Phone: 301-945-7366

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Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

4940 Eastern Ave
Baltimore, MD 21224

Phone: 410-550-0100

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Johns Hopkins Health Care & Surgery Center — Green Spring Station, Lutherville

10755 Falls Rd
Lutherville, MD 21093

Phone: 443-997-1508

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Sibley Memorial Hospital

5255 Loughboro Rd, NW
Washington, DC 20016

General Surgery: 202-895-1440
Bariatric Center:  202-370-6565

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Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center

601 N. Caroline St
Baltimore, MD 21287

Phone: 410-955-5000

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