Luca Giordano, MD
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Luca Giordano, MD, FACS
- Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, Jefferson Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University
- Head of the Section on Minimally Invasive Surgery, Aria Health
- Director of Bariatric Surgery, Aria Health
- Chairman, Peer Quality Review Committee, Aria Health
Luca Giordano, MD, FACS, earned his medical degree at the University of Rome, did his residency in general surgery at Albert Einstein Medical Center, in Philadelphia, and completed a fellowship in Minimally Invasive Surgery at Cedar Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. A highly experienced surgeon, Dr. Giordano served as Chief of Surgery at Musumechi GECAS Hospital in Catania, Italy, before coming to Aria. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgery and has been certified by the American Board of Surgery since 2003.
Luca Giordano, MD, FACS, performs bariatric surgery and has helped pioneer use of single-incision laparoscopy in the Aria community for various types of operations. He specializes in laparoscopic surgery for the following procedures. (Note, “resection” refers to an operation in which the surgeon reconfigures or removes all or part of an organ or area of tissue.)
• colon resection (bowel resection or colectomy) for colorectal cancer and benign disease;
• bariatric surgery (weight-loss surgery, including placement of stomach band);
• gastric resection (stomach resection or gastrectomy) for cancer and benign disease;
• adrenalectomy (adrenal gland resection);
• splenectomy (spleen resection);
• pancreatectomy (resection of the pancreas);
• lysis of adhesions (severing of abnormal tissue connections caused by scaring or other connective tissue);
• Nissen fundoplication for gastro-esophageal reflux (an operation in which the surgeon improves the barrier between stomach and esophagus by wrapping the top-most portion of the stomach around the bottom of the esophagus to strengthen the valve function between these two organs and prevent stomach acid from entering the esophagus);
• hiatal hernia repair (to prevent a portion of the stomach from protruding through the diaphragm and into the chest) ;
• super-selective vagotomy (precise cutting of the vagus nerve to decrease acid production in the stomach, in cases of ulcers and other conditions);
• inguinal hernia repair (to fix a weak portion of the lower abdominal wall through which soft tissue such as intestine may protrude);
• ventral or incisional hernia repair (to fix a portion of the abdominal wall weakened by previous surgical incision through which soft tissue such as intestine may protrude);
• cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal);
• and appendectomy (removal of the appendix).
► Surgery with an incision as small as a half-inch.
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Dr. Giordano is also trained and experienced in transgastric surgery, an example of a new, leading-edge approach for performing operations. This strategy represents a next stage of advancement in the surgical field. In transgastric surgery, the surgeon passes an endoscope through the mouth and down the esophagus, and then accesses other internal areas through an incision in the stomach. This operation is part of an evolving technique in surgery, one in which the surgeon uses a natural orifice as the initial route of internal access, advancing surgical tools and scope into the stomach, vagina, bladder, or colon in order to gain closer positioning for surgical incision and access to other areas. Advantages of this approach include no external incisions and thus no scarring and less risk of wound infection. They may also include lower anesthesia requirements, faster recovery, and shorter hospital stays.
Luca Giordano, MD, FACS, has authored chapters for several textbooks including Current Surgical Therapy, 8th Edition, by L. Cameron, and Mastery of Endoscopic and Laparoscopic Surgery, 3rd Edition, by Nathaniel J. Soper, MD. He serves as a clinical assistant professor of surgery, at Jefferson Medical College, and also provides surgical coverage for the Trauma Center at Aria’s Torresdale Campus.