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Dr. Sam H. Carvajal

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Glendale Adventist Medical Center
1509 Wilson Terrace
Glendale, California 91206
United States

Company Description: The purpose of the Healthcare Foundation is to support the work and mission of Glendale Adventist Medical Center through philanthropy. Foundation...   more

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Weird News - The Dreamin Demon [cached]
And now, a public service announcement from Dr. Sam Carvajal, a surgeon at Glendale Adventist Medical Center:
"It is absolutely impossible for someone to fix their own hernia."
Carvajal went on to say that most hernia patients don't suffer from pain severe enough to lead to self-surgery, leaving him to conclude the patient was suffering from some amount of psychosis....
Leading the charge is Sam ..., 27 Oct 2011 [cached]
Leading the charge is Sam Carvajal, MD, general surgeon at GAMC, who has been performing advanced laparascopic and telescopic procedures for many years. As one of the pioneers in SILS, he was the first surgeon in the world to perform a gall bladder removal using flexible scopes and specially designed SILS instruments through a tiny incision in the belly button.
"What makes the SILS procedure so great is the lack of scars," says Dr. Carvajal. "The incisions are cosmetically indetectable. Many patients also report less pain and less recovery time after their procedures."
Currently, SILS is commonly used in GI procedures, such as gall bladder removals, appendectomies and colectomies. However, Dr. Carvajal is researching ways to use SILS in other areas of the body. Recently, he used SILS to remove liver tumors from a cancer patient. SILS has also been used in procedures for patients with colorectal cancer.
"There is so much potential in SILS," he says.
To see a special episode of Healthline featuring Dr. Carvajal and SILS, visit
Advanced Surgery Glendale, Los Angeles, California (CA) - Glendale Adventist Medical Center, 15 June 2008 [cached]
Sam Carvajal, MD, is the world's most experienced SILSTM surgeon. As one of the pioneers of SILSTM, he was the first surgeon in the world to perform a gall bladder removal using flexible scopes and specially designed SILSTM instruments through a tiny incision in the belly button.
Dr. Sam Carvajal, a surgeon ..., 27 May 2011 [cached]
Dr. Sam Carvajal, a surgeon at Glendale Adventist Medical Center, has performed 900 single incision laparoscopic surgeries. Instead of two or three incisions, he does just one.
"We can do all forms of laparoscopic surgery through single incision laparoscopic surgery, including hernias where we're working on the muscles in those particular situations or over in the stomach where we're removing parts of it or, as in today, when we removed a part of a colon," said Dr. Carvajal.
Dr. Carvajal makes just one incision in the belly button. He then inserts the SILS port, which gives him the ability to snake in various tools at the same time. The wires cross and bend, allowing the surgeon to maneuver through a patient's abdomen.
"We can also remove the appendix, gall bladder and parts of the small bowel. We can treat tumors inside the liver," said Dr. Carvajal.
"Patients truly do remarkably better and they have less pain and are able to go back to work sooner," said Dr. Carvajal. "We've done this on a lot of lawyers and doctors who go back to work in a day or two."
He says SILS is also a great option for elderly or other patients not healthy enough to undergo conventional surgery.
Dr. Carvajal says most patients don't take more than an over-the-counter pain reliever during recovery.
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