The physicians of General Surgical Associates are dedicated to providing you with the best treatment plan that meets your individual needs. We are proud to offer a wide range of services within the General Surgery specialty. Those areas include, but are not limited to the following:
- Breast Disease - Benign & Malignant Disease
- The Gallbladder, Liver and Pancreas
- The Thyroid & Parathyroid
- The Stomach, Small Intestine and Colon
- Simple and Complex Hernias involving Abdominal Wall Reconstruction
- Trauma and Critical Care Management
- Robotic Surgery
We also offer Advanced Laparoscopic Procedures, as well as surgery for:
- Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
- The Spleen
- The Adrenal Gland
- The Colon
Breast Disease Surgery
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women and affects one in every eight women in the United States. If a diagnosis of breast cancer has been made, your doctor can recommend which type of surgery is best for your individual case and discuss all options with you.
A mastectomy is a procedure to remove the breast in patients with breast cancer. This is one of the most commonly used treatment options for breast cancer, as it effectively removes all traces of cancer and reduces a patient's risk of recurrence. Also known as breast-conserving or breast-sparing surgery, lumpectomy is a surgical procedure that removes cancerous or abnormal breast tissue. While mastectomy removes the entire breast, lumpectomy only removes a portion of the breast, keeping its overall appearance intact. Breast reconstruction is a procedure performed after a mastectomy to offer patients psychological and aesthetic benefits when recovering from breast cancer.
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Colorectal surgery is often the recommended course of treatment for certain diseases such as colorectal cancer, diverticular disease, intestinal blockage due to scar tissue, ulcerative colitis that does not respond to medication, traumatic injuries and polyps. Polyps are a small cluster of cells that form on the lining of the colon or the large intestine. Most polyps are not cancerous and are simply a result of abnormal cell growth, but some can gradually turn into colon cancer, so regular screening and removal of all polyps is important.
Prior to colorectal surgery, the colon may need to be cleaned with an enema or oral agent. Then, the patient is put under general anesthesia. A series of small incisions are made in the abdomen through which an endoscope and surgical instruments are inserted. Working through these tiny incisions with the help of the endoscopic camera, the surgeon removes the diseased intestine and sews the remaining ends together. The incisions are then stitched closed. After undergoing colorectal surgery, most patients return home within a week. Full recovery generally takes up to two months.
The endocrine glands are responsible for secreting hormones in our bodies. These glands include the thyroid in the front of the neck, four parathyroids behind the thyroid, two adrenal glands near each kidney, neuroendocrine glands in the pancreas, and the pituitary gland in the brain. Endocrine surgeons have special expertise in operating on the endocrine glands when they produce abnormal and harmful amounts of hormones. Surgical removal of all or part of an endocrine gland is often an effective treatment for cancer and benign tumors, cysts, nodules, parathyroid adenoma, Grave’s disease, Cushing’s Syndrome, Conn’s Disease and pheochromocytoma.
Hepatobiliary surgery is used to treat disorders of the liver, bile ducts, and gallbladder. Disorders include congenital abnormalities, inflammations, traumatic injuries, gallstones, and benign and malignant tumors. During hepatobiliary surgery, the surgeon removes the unwanted masses, such as gallstones or cancerous parts of hepatobiliary organs.
Hepatobiliary surgery may be performed laparoscopically and has many of the benefits of other laparoscopic surgeries. This minimally invasive procedure provides patients with shorter hospitalization, a faster recovery, smaller scars, and less post-operative pain.
High Complexity General Surgery
General surgery is a medical specialty that necessitates its practitioners have a broad knowledge of many conditions and the effects they may have on the body. General surgeons are well equipped to diagnose and treat a wide variety of ailments. They receive extensive training after medical school, with hands-on residencies that give general surgeons practical, in-depth experience working on the digestive system, skin, breasts, organs of the abdomen and more to prepare them to perform complex surgeries of all types.
One area of general surgery in which we specialize is hernia repair. This can encompass a simple hernia repair—performed laparoscopically if possible—to push tissue that is protruding through an opening in the abdomen, groin or naval area back into place. It may also be highly complex surgery if the abdominal wall requires reconstruction. Once the tissue is returned to its original location, the weakened area of the wall must be strengthened with stitching or synthetic mesh to prevent the formation of another hernia.