General surgery, despite its name, is a surgical specialty that focuses mainly on abdominal organs including esophagus, stomach, small bowel, colon, liver, pancreas, gallbladder and bile ducts, and often the thyroid gland. Our General Surgeons are highly trained specialists who are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions which cause abdominal pain.
Some procedures we provide are (but not limited to):
Hemorrhoid Surgery (Hemorrhoidectomy)
Hemorrhoid surgery (also called hemorrhoidectomy) is the surgical removal of hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids are swollen or enlarged veins located inside (internal) and outside (external) the anus. They are usually caused by straining when constipated or during pregnancy. The surgery can remove large internal hemorrhoids that do not respond to non-surgical treatment and large external hemorrhoids.
Hernia repair (or Herniorrhaphy) involves surgery to correct an abnormal protrusion of an organ through the wall of the area that normally holds the organ. This can happen when the outer layers of the abdominal wall weaken, bulge or rip. Most hernia repairs can be done on an outpatient basis using either the conventional open surgery or laparoscopic.
Laparoscopic Gallbladder Removal
Laparoscopic gallbladder removal (also known as laparoscopic cholecystectomy) is the procedure where the gallbladder is removed using instruments inserted through small incisions in the abdomen. The procedure is performed in an operating room with the patient under general anesthesia.
A liver biopsy is a medical procedure to remove a small amount of tissue from the liver for examination. The biopsy helps diagnose a number of liver diseases or assess the stage (early, advanced) of liver disease. This is especially important in hepatitis C infection. The biopsy also helps detect: infections, cancer, unexplained enlarged liver, or abnormal liver enzymes detected by blood tests. The biopsy is performed in a hospital setting and under local anesthesia. The physician will use a needle to remove a small piece of the liver. The tissue is then sent to the laboratory for evaluation.
Lumpectomy (Partial Mastectomy)
Lumpectomy is the surgical procedure where a cancerous lump or tumor in the breast is removed. The procedure is recommended only for those patients with less than a quarter of the breast involved.
Mastectomy is the surgical removal of the breast for treatment of cancer. A mastectomy may involve the complete removal of the breast with or without the nipples, lymph nodes, axillary lymph nodes, or major/minor chest muscles.
Portacath is a small medical appliance that is installed beneath the skin. A catheter connects the port to a vein. Under the skin, the port has a septum through which drugs can be injected and blood samples can be drawn many times, usually with less discomfort for the patient than a more typical "needle stick". Ports are used mostly to treat hematology and oncology patients.