You may have had a bad accident, been diagnosed with cancer, have a stomach problem, or an issue with your vascular system—all these conditions may require surgery. You and your family may be frightened and overwhelmed. You need to be assured that caring, experienced surgeons are performing the operation you need using minimally invasive techniques as determined by your doctor, and following up post operatively to address your questions and provide recovery instructions as you heal.
Don’t be misled by the term “general.” General surgeons are anything but generalists…they are highly trained and practice lifelong learning to stay ahead of the curve with new techniques and technology.
Talk to your primary care provider about the different surgery options available for your condition. If you do find a need for general surgery, ask for a referral to one of the general surgeons on staff at Mission Hospital.
Common Areas of Surgery
General surgeons are trained to provide high quality care, including diagnosis, preoperative, operative, and postoperative areas, including managing complications. They typically operate in these areas of the body:
- Abdomen and its contents, including the pelvis
- Alimentary (gastrointestinal) tract
- Breast Surgery
- Chest Surgery
- Endocrine (glands that secret hormones) system
- Head and neck Surgery
- Oncology (cancer)
- Skin, soft tissue and musculoskeletal system
- Vascular (vessels that carry or circulate fluids in the body) system
General surgeons also perform surgery for critically ill patients.
Most common surgeries performed by General Surgeons at Mission Hospital include:
Cancer surgery usually requires more extensive open surgery. Some cancer procedures include:
- Breast cancer
- Skin and soft tissue (also handled by plastic and ENT surgeons)
- Stomach, liver, pancreas and gallbladder
More information on cancer and its treatment is available through Mission's Cancer Services unit.
General surgeons often use minimally invasive techniques such as laparoscopy which may result in faster recovery and diminished pain. Physicians performed more than 4,000 of these procedures in 2010 at Mission Hospital; more than any other hospital in the region. Some abdominal laparoscopic procedures include:
- Diagnostic surgery
- Gallbladder removal
- Hernia surgery
- Appendectomy (removal of the appendix)
- Nissen fundoplication (lap Nissen) for patients who suffer from gastroesophageal reflux disease
- Colon Resection to remove benign polyps
- Placement of a peritoneal catheter to filter and remove waste products and excess water
While many of these procedures are laparoscopic, some of the more complex operations may require more extensive open surgery. Some of these include:
- Appendectomy (removing the appendix)
- Colon and small intestine
- Liver, pancreas and spleen
- Stomach and duodenal (the first portion of the small intestine)
About the General Surgeons on Staff at Mission Hospital
Surgeons on the Mission Hospital medical staff are board certified, and many have completed fellowships in areas such as surgical oncology and laparoscopic surgery. In 2010 general surgeons performed nearly 5,000 procedures at Mission Hospital.
These physicians must maintain a current central core of information regarding anatomy, metabolism, pathology, wound healing, shock, and intensive care—things that are common to all surgical specialties. They also collaborate with surgical specialists as needed, assuring that you receive the most comprehensive care possible.
Contact & Referral Information
Before any surgery, ask your physician to explain different methods and options available for your condition. Speak with your primary care provider about a referral to one of the general surgeons on staff at Mission Hospital.