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General Surgery

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 it's 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
  • Trauma
  • 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 Surgeons at Mission Hospital Include:

Cancer Surgery

Cancer surgery usually requires more extensive open surgery. Some cancer procedures include:

  • Breast cancer
  • Colon
  • Skin and soft tissue (also handled by plastic and ENT surgeons)
  • Stomach, liver, pancreas and gallbladder

More Information on Cancer

Laparoscopic Surgery

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

Abdominal Surgery

While many of these procedures are laparoscopic, some of the more complex operations may require more extensive open surgery. Some of these include:

  • Appendectomy (removal of the appendix)
  • Colon and small intestine
  • Gallbladder
  • Hernia
  • Liver, pancreas and spleen
  • Stomach and duodenal (the first portion of the small intestine)

Hand Surgery

Our dedicated hand surgeons perform delicate microsurgeries such as reconstruction and replantation. These surgeons are skilled in minimally invasive procedures. Most surgeries are done on an outpatient basis. We offer specialty care of hand disorders, including:

  • Replantation of amputated fingers
  • Arthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Trigger finger release
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome

Knee Surgery

We offer experienced orthopedic surgeons who specialize in knee conditions and several surgical options. Our healthcare providers work as a team to ensure that each patient achieves optimal outcomes. Patients are encouraged to attend free preoperative knee replacement education classes.

Mission Orthopedics offers a Program for Early Recovery after Knee Surgery (PERKS). PERKS focuses on early ambulation, reducing edema in the knee joint and patient participation in group physical therapy to improve surgical outcomes. When appropriate, minimally invasive or robotic assisted techniques can be used during knee surgery.

Preparing for Surgery

Mission Hospital's surgery team is committed to answering all your questions before surgery and providing you with high-quality, compassionate care. The resources below will help you learn more about what to expect, and what you will need to do to contribute to your recovery.

After Surgery

If you experience any of the following conditions after your surgery, call your surgeon immediately!

  • A fever of 101ºF or higher
  • An incision that becomes more red, swollen or painful, or has foul-smelling drainage
  • An incision that bleeds a lot
  • An open incision - lightly press a clean cloth over the incision to control bleeding
  • Pain medication is not providing relief
  • Side effects from medication including severe nausea, vomiting, dizziness, rash or itching
  • Numb fingers or toes, tingling or cold below a bandage or cast
  • Pain, tenderness, swelling or discoloration in your calf or leg

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.

Mission Surgical Services

Regional Surgical Specialists
14 Medical Park Drive
Asheville, NC 28803
Phone: (828)252-3366
Fax: (828)258-0891
Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday-Friday

Angel Surgical Associates
121 Riverview St.
Franklin, NC 28734
Phone: (828) 369-4402
Fax: (828) 369-4403
Hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday – Thursday
8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Friday

McDowell Surgical Services
472 Rankin Drive
Marion, NC 28752
Phone: (828) 659-5700
Fax: (828) 659-5785
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Mission Community Surgical Specialists and Wound Care
189 Hospital Drive
Spruce Pine, NC 28777
Phone: (828) 766-3555
Fax: (828) 766-3008
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.



Pisgah Surgical Associates
89 Hospital Drive
Brevard, NC 28712
Phone: (828)862-6368
Fax: (828)885-5742
Hours:  8:00a.m. - 5:00p.m. Monday - Friday