Dr. Michael Kennedy MD, is a general surgeon based in Saint Albans, VT. He has served the Northern Vermont communities for greater than 20 years. He specializes in minimally invasive surgery and surgical gastroenterology.
Dr. Michael Kennedy is one of the owners of the Green Mountain Surgery Center.
Bachelor of Arts, University of Notre Dame, 1986
University of Vermont College of Medicine, Doctor of Medicine, 1995
Lehigh Valley Hospital, Surgical Residency, 2000
Northwestern Medical Center
Laparoscopic and Open Hernia Repair, Hemorrhoidectomy, Lesion Excision, Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy, Colonoscopy (with biopsy), Colonoscopy (with lesion removal), Diagnostic Colonoscopy, Screening Colonoscopy (no biopsy), Upper Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (with biopsy).
Laparoscopic and open hernia repair
Laparoscopic hernia repair is a minimally invasive procedure performed using a laparoscope; a small, thin telescope-like instrument. Small incisions are made in the abdomen and the laparoscope is inserted through the small incisions to repair the hernia in the abdomen.
For open hernia repair, the surgeon makes a single cut over the hernia. The hernia is either removed or gently pressed back in to placed. Often, a piece of mesh is placed over the hernia location to strengthen the wall of the area.
A hemorrhoidectomy is a procedure to remove internal and external hemorrhoids. The surgeon places a rubber band around the base of the hemorrhoid. The band cuts off circulation, and the hemorrhoid falls off within a few days. Surgical hemorrhoidectomy is an effective treatment of extensive or severe hemorrhoids.
Colorectal cancer screenings improve health by detecting early-stage colorectal cancers and precancerous lesions in people with no prior history of cancer. The object of these procedures is to reduce colorectal cancer incidence and mortality. Colonoscopies are an effective way to screen for colon cancer because they have high sensitivity for early cancer detection, require only a single-session diagnosis and treatment, and have long intervals between examinations in patients who are over the age of 50. For patients with symptoms or positive screening tests, a diagnostic colonoscopy is generally the best choice for examination.
Upper endoscopy is primarily used as a diagnostic tool to permit visual inspection of the esophagus, stomach, and small intestines, which can be viewed by a thin flexible tube inserted through the mouth. Upper endoscopy can be used to diagnose, and sometimes treat problems associated with acid reflux, difficulty swallowing, ulcers, abnormal growths, obstructions, inflammation, celiac disease and hiatal hernia. Upper endoscopy also includes certain therapeutic procedures such as removal of polyps, which can be cancerous.