Minimally Invasive

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Finney Trimble Surgical Associates
6535 North Charles Street
Physician's Pavilion North
Suite 510
Baltimore, MD 21204
Phone: 410-821-6260
Fax: 410-821-7058
Frequently Asked Questions
Surgical technology has come a long way. Because of these technological advancements, GBMC is able to bring patients minimally invasive surgical techniques that can be performed for a variety of procedures.

This type of surgery, performed laparoscopically or using the da Vinci® robot, results in shorter recovery time, less pain and shorter hospital stays. Surgeries such as thyroid parathyroid, adrenal, and solid organ can all be performed using minimally invasive surgical techniques with successful outcomes. GBMC surgeons have also performed more than 1,500 endocrine surgeries using minimally invasive techniques.

Services Offered

The surgeons at GBMC perform many types of procedures using minimally invasive methods, such as:
  • Thyroid and Parathyroid
  • Adrenal
  • Spleen
  • Kidney
  • Stomach
  • Small and Large Bowel
  • Gall Bladder
  • Appendix
  • Hernia Repair
Using these minimally invasive techniques, patients experience several benefits, including:
  • Smaller incisions and less scarring
  • Less pain during recover
  • Less bleeding
  • Faster recovery times


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Joel Turner, MD Joel Turner, MD
Chief, Minimally Invasive Surgery

Dr. Turner has been at GBMC since 1999 and currently functions as the Chief of Minimally Invasive Surgery. He received his medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and completed his residency in General Surgery at the University of Maryland Hospital. In addition, he obtained further training in advanced laparoscopic procedures involving solid organs (spleen, kidney, adrenal), as well as hollow organs (stomach, small and large bowel.) Dr. Turner also received extensive training in endocrine surgery from one of Maryland's busiest endocrine surgeons, Dr. William Scovill.

To learn more or contact Dr. Turner please call 410-821-6260.

da Vinci® Robotic Surgery

The da Vinci® Surgical System incorporates the latest advances in robotics and computer technology and provides physicians with a sophisticated, new surgical tool. Patients receiving surgery using the da Vinci® system have experience such benefits as shorter hospital stays, less pain, decreased recovery time, and less blood loss. Surgeons benefit from the da Vinci's panoramic three-dimensional view, finer instrument control, and greater magnification.

During surgery using the da Vinci®, surgeons are seated at a control station across the room from the patient. The surgeon commands the robot to perform surgery using a variety of instruments that facilitate the surgical process in real time. Using a two-fingered glove and console pedals, the surgeon maneuvers wristed instruments that act like human arms and hands to pick up paper-thin objects, clamp, cut, cauterize, sew and even tie tiny knots.

More information on robotic surgery can be found at here

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