Become a digitalPLUS subscriber. 99 for 4 weeks.


Abdomen (INACTIVE)
A cut too small to see

After less than 30 minutes of surgery, Dr. Gina Massoglia removed Caren Eckwerth's gallbladder by squeezing it out through a tiny incision in her belly button. A colleague followed up with three small stitches in the navel, covering the wound with a Band-Aid. In a week, no one but her doctors will know the 57-year-old Annapolis woman even had surgery.An operation that once required a six-inch cut under the rib cage and went on, with the spread of laparoscopy, to be a less-invasive surgery involving three or four small slits is now becoming a practically scarless procedure in the hands of a tiny but growing group of surgeons like Massoglia. After years of experimentation, doctors in...