The department of General Surgery provides comprehensive surgical consultation and care in many sub-specialties including; colon and rectal surgery, trauma and burn, endocrine surgery, breast surgery, bariatric surgery and multidisciplinary hepatobiliary & pancreatic surgery.
Our skilled surgeons are board certified and fellowship trained in their specialties. Our general surgery services include the following
Cholecystectomy (chol-e-cys-tec-toe-mee) is a surgery to remove gall bladder. This less invasive technique to remove the gallbladder is called laparoscopic cholecystectomy. This surgery uses a laparoscope (an instrument used to see the inside of your body) to remove the gallbladder. Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy is performed through several small incisions rather than through one large incision, usually 4 incisions, each one cm or less in length.
With laparoscopic cholecystectomy, you may return to work sooner, have less pain after surgery, and have a shorter hospital stay and a shorter recovery time. Surgery to remove the gallbladder with a laparoscope does not require that the muscles of your abdomen be cut, as they are in open surgery. The incision is much smaller, which makes recovery go quicker.
A hernia occurs when an organ or internal tissue breaks through a hole in the muscles. Hernia repair surgery or herniorrhaphy involves returning the displaced tissues to their proper position and reinforcement with a mask when needed.
Hernia Repair Surgery is done through open and laparoscopic procedures.
Surgical removal of the appendix is known as appendectomy. It’s a common emergency surgery that’s performed to treat appendicitis, an inflammatory condition of the appendix.
A small, tube-shaped pouch attached to your large intestine is called the appendix. It’s located in the lower right side of your abdomen. When the appendix becomes inflamed and swollen, bacteria can quickly multiply inside the organ and lead to the formation of pus. This buildup of bacteria and pus can cause pain around the belly button that spreads to the lower right section of the abdomen. Walking or coughing can make the pain worse. You may also experience nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
It’s important to seek treatment right away if you’re having symptoms of appendicitis. When the condition goes untreated, the appendix can burst (perforated appendix) and release bacteria and other harmful substances into the abdominal cavity. This can be life-threatening, and will lead to a longer hospital stay.
A standard treatment for appendicitis is known as Appendectomy. It’s crucial to remove the appendix right away, before the appendix can rupture. Once an appendectomy is performed, most people recover quickly and without complications.
A laparotomy/cetiotcmy is an operation to examine the inside of the abdomen and the internal organs for any abnormality.
Common reasons for performing a laparotomy include removal of a part of intestine, uterus (hysterectomy), an ovary, fallopian tube, fibroids or as part of therapy for cancer. It is sometimes possible to perform operations by keyhole surgery (laparoscopy) but in certain circumstances a laparotomy is the most appropriate procedure. A Laparotomy is done, as an emergency procedure as well as elective procedure.
Normally a general anesthesia is used to perform the procedure. A drip is inserted into your arm. After the patient has been given anesthesia, a Cather (a tube for urine drainage) is inserted. The incision is about 15–20 cm long, usually below the bikini line (similar to the cut made for a caesarean section). The abdomen is cut down from the belly button to pubic the area in extreme condition. The procedure may take one to several hours depending on the complexity of the operation.
A Splenectomy is a surgery to remove the entire spleen, a delicate, fist-sized organ that sits under the left rib cage near the stomach. The spleen is an important part of the body's defense (immune) system. Main functions of the spleen are to contain special white blood cells that destroy bacteria and help the body fight infections when you are sick as well as it helps in removing, or filtering, the old red blood cells from the body's circulation.
Partial Splenectomy is referred as the process of removing a part of spleen.
Unlike some other organs, like the liver, the spleen does not grow back (regenerate) after it is removed. This procedure is done on regular basis via a laparoscope.
Hemorrhoids are defined as an abnormally enlarged vein, mainly due to persistent increase in venous pressure. Hemorrhoids occurr within or just outside the anal sphincter of the rectum. The anal canal is the last four centimeters through which stool passes as it goes from the rectum to the outside world. The anus is the opening of the anal canal to the outside world.
Although most people think hemorrhoids are abnormal, they are present in everyone. It is only when the hemorrhoidal cushions enlarge that hemorrhoids can cause problems and be considered abnormal or a disease.
Stapled hemorrhoidectomy is surgical technique for treating hemorrhoids, and is the treatment of choice for third-degree hemorrhoids (hemorrhoids that protrude with straining and can be seen on physical exam outside the anal verge. Persistent or intermittent manual reduction is necessary). Stapled hemorrhoidectomy is a misnomer since the surgery does not remove the hemorrhoids but, rather, the abnormally lax and expanded hemorrhoidal supporting tissue that has allowed the hemorrhoids to prolapse downward.
For stapled hemorrhoidectomy, a circular, hollow tube is inserted into the anal canal. Through this tube, a suture (a long thread) is placed, actually woven, circumferentially within the anal canal above the internal hemorrhoids. The ends of the suture are brought out of the anus through the hollow tube. The stapler (a disposable instrument with a circular stapling device at the end) is placed through the first hollow tube and the ends of the suture are pulled. Pulling the suture pulls the expanded hemorrhoidal supporting tissue into the jaws of the stapler. The hemorrhoidal cushions are pulled back up into their normal position within the anal canal. The stapler then is fired. When it fires, the stapler cuts off the circumferential ring of expanded hemorrhoidal tissue trapped within the stapler and at the same time staples together the upper and lower edges of the cut tissue.