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General surgery is a broad specialty, and our general surgeons have unrivaled expertise to treat a broad range of problems and diseases, from the relatively simple to the very complex. Our practice has general surgeons who have special expertise and interest in all of the sub-specialties of general surgery, including breast surgery, endocrine surgery (thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal, and pancreas), gastrointestinal surgery, liver and gallbladder surgery, hernia surgery, colorectal surgery, and bariatric surgery. please feel free to browse the information on our website to learn more about the conditions we treat.

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Adrenal Gland Symptoms

  • Upper body obesity, round face and neck, and thinning arms and legs
  • Skin problems, such as acne or reddish-blue streaks on the abdomen or underarm area
  • High blood pressure
  • Muscle and bone weakness
  • Moodiness, irritability, or depression
  • High blood sugars
  • Slow growth rates in children

Breast Cancer

  • A lump or mass that is painless and hard
  • Swelling of the breast
  • Skin irritation or dimpling
  • Breast pain
  • Nipple pain
  • Nipple turning inward
  • Redness
  • Thickening of the skin
  • Nipple discharge

Colon and Rectal Cancer

While these signs and symptoms are also recommended for noncancerous conditions, when these symptoms are recent, severe, long lasting and change over time it is important to see your physician.

  • A change in bowl habits, like diarrhea, constipation or a sensation that you need to have a bowel movement.
  • Rectal bleeding, bright red or dark blood in the stool
  • Discomfort such as frequent gas, bloating, fullness and cramps
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Unexplained iron deficiency anemia

Diverticulitis

  • Abscess formation
  • Bleeding and perforation of the colon
  • Narrowing of the colon (stricture)
  • Fistula formation

Female Reconstructive Surgery

  • Constipation
  • Pelvic pain
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Female sexual dysfunction
  • Fecal incontinence
  • Defecatory disorders

Gallbladder Disease

Often gallstones are found on an x-ray or ultrasound, that was done for other reasons. When gallstones don’t cause symptoms, they commonly do not require further evaluation, unless there is pain, nausea, vomiting or fever.

Symptoms occur when gallstones block the bile duct and inflame the gallbladder, causing intermittent pain, or constant discomfort in the upper abdomen which can radiate into the right shoulder. It is associated with sweating, nausea, vomiting and can produce chest pain, and is often confused with a heart attack.

Diagnoses is based on symptoms. Abdominal tenderness and abnormal liver function tests are indications. An ultrasound is the standard test to diagnose a gallstone.

Hemorrhoids, Fissures, and Fistula

  • Bleeding after a bowel movement
  • Blood in the stool
  • External itching, pain, and discomfort

Hernia

Most often the first symptom is a bulge under the skin. It may be painless, but can create discomfort, and enlarge to become visible when coughing or doing strenuous activity, and in certain positions. At this stage,the bulge can be pushed back into the abdomen, and is called a reducible hernia.

But, when the hernia enlarges, it can become incarcerated meaning it is trapped, and is unable to be pushed back into the abdomen.

Pancreatic Cancer

  • Abdominal bloating
  • Digestive problems
  • Jaundice
  • Weight loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Elevated blood sugar levels
  • Abdominal pain
  • Sudden change in blood sugar levels

Spleen Conditions

  • Fullness or bloating
  • Pain in the upper left abdomen or back
  • Anorexia
  • Gastric reflux
  • Fever
  • Night sweats
  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Bruising easily
  • Weight loss

Thyroid and Parathyroid disease Overview

  • This disease will cause osteopenia, significant osteoporosis and bone fractures.
  • Most people have symptoms like low energy, fatigue, headaches, sleeplessness, irritability, high blood pressure and difficulty concentrating, poor memory, GERD, muscle aches and pain, bone pain, low sex drive, and heart rhythm problems.
  • In more severe cases it can cause gastric ulcers, pancreatitis and kidney stones. Importantly, severe depression results in about 20% of patients.

Umbilical / Ventral / Incisional Hernias

  • The inability to push the hernia back into the body
  • Pain and tissue damage
  • Change in color
  • Infection

Adrenal Gland Symptoms

  • In Addison’s, standard hormone replacement therapy with hydrocortisone is used to treat cortisol deficiency.

Breast Cancer

Primary types of treatment include:

  • Surgery
  • Radiation
  • Chemotherapy
  • Hormone therapy
  • Targeted therapy
  • Bone–directed therapy

Colon and Rectal Cancer

If cancer is diagnosed, then the next step would include one of the following:

  • Surgical removal of the tumor and some healthy tissue
  • Radiation therapy
  • Chemotherapy
  • Targeted therapies

Diverticulitis

  • Bowel rest
  • Pain medications
  • Liquid diet
  • Antibiotics
  • Hospitalization
  • When an abscess is present, a drain may be placed

Female Reconstructive Surgery

Nonsurgical

  • Pelvic floor biofeedback
  • Pelvic floor therapy
  • Botox bladder injections
  • Bladder instillation

Surgical

  • AbdominalSacro colpopexy
  • Mesh removal
  • UreteralStents
  • Sacral neuromodulation
  • Fistularepairs
  • Burchurethropexy

Gallbladder Disease

  • Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography(ERCP) or gallbladder surgery
  • Laparoscopic cholecystectomy
  • Medication

Hemorrhoids, Fissures, and Fistula

Home Treatment

  • Lifestyle changes
  • High fiber diet
  • Exercising
  • Staying hydrated
  • Topical creams

Medical Treatment

  • Rubber band ligation
  • Hemorrhoidectomy
  • Staple hemorrhoidopexy
  • Softening stool
  • Relaxing the anal sphincter
  • Botox injection
  • Sphincterotomy

Hernia

  • Hernia repair
  • Laparoscopic Surgery

Pancreatic Cancer

Surgery

  • Palliative Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Biliary Bypass Surgery
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Microwave thermotherapy
  • Cryosurgery
  • Embolization
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Targeted Therapy
  • Medical Marijuana

Spleen Conditions

Treatment depends on the underlying condition. With some conditions, removing the spleen may be part of the treatment. Certain cancers may be treated with a splenectomy after other treatments fail.

Thyroid and Parathyroid disease Overview

  • Surgery to remove the parathyroid gland

Umbilical / Ventral / Incisional Hernias

  • Infants with umbilical hernias usually do not require treatment because the majority of the time, the hernia shrinks and closes by itself, by the time the child is 1-2 years old
  • Open Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Abdominal wall binder

Our practice has general surgeons who have special expertise and interest in all of the sub-specialties of general surgery, including breast surgery, endocrine surgery(thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal, and pancreas), gastrointestinal surgery, liver and gallbladder surgery, hernia surgery, colorectal surgery, and bariatric surgery.

Healthcare Providers

Symptoms

Adrenal Gland Symptoms

  • Upper body obesity, round face and neck, and thinning arms and legs
  • Skin problems, such as acne or reddish-blue streaks on the abdomen or underarm area
  • High blood pressure
  • Muscle and bone weakness
  • Moodiness, irritability, or depression
  • High blood sugars
  • Slow growth rates in children

Breast Cancer

  • A lump or mass that is painless and hard
  • Swelling of the breast
  • Skin irritation or dimpling
  • Breast pain
  • Nipple pain
  • Nipple turning inward
  • Redness
  • Thickening of the skin
  • Nipple discharge

Colon and Rectal Cancer

While these signs and symptoms are also recommended for noncancerous conditions, when these symptoms are recent, severe, long lasting and change over time it is important to see your physician.

  • A change in bowl habits, like diarrhea, constipation or a sensation that you need to have a bowel movement.
  • Rectal bleeding, bright red or dark blood in the stool
  • Discomfort such as frequent gas, bloating, fullness and cramps
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Unexplained iron deficiency anemia

Diverticulitis

  • Abscess formation
  • Bleeding and perforation of the colon
  • Narrowing of the colon (stricture)
  • Fistula formation

Female Reconstructive Surgery

  • Constipation
  • Pelvic pain
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Female sexual dysfunction
  • Fecal incontinence
  • Defecatory disorders

Gallbladder Disease

Often gallstones are found on an x-ray or ultrasound, that was done for other reasons. When gallstones don’t cause symptoms, they commonly do not require further evaluation, unless there is pain, nausea, vomiting or fever.

Symptoms occur when gallstones block the bile duct and inflame the gallbladder, causing intermittent pain, or constant discomfort in the upper abdomen which can radiate into the right shoulder. It is associated with sweating, nausea, vomiting and can produce chest pain, and is often confused with a heart attack.

Diagnoses is based on symptoms. Abdominal tenderness and abnormal liver function tests are indications. An ultrasound is the standard test to diagnose a gallstone.

Hemorrhoids, Fissures, and Fistula

  • Bleeding after a bowel movement
  • Blood in the stool
  • External itching, pain, and discomfort

Hernia

Most often the first symptom is a bulge under the skin. It may be painless, but can create discomfort, and enlarge to become visible when coughing or doing strenuous activity, and in certain positions. At this stage,the bulge can be pushed back into the abdomen, and is called a reducible hernia.

But, when the hernia enlarges, it can become incarcerated meaning it is trapped, and is unable to be pushed back into the abdomen.

Pancreatic Cancer

  • Abdominal bloating
  • Digestive problems
  • Jaundice
  • Weight loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Elevated blood sugar levels
  • Abdominal pain
  • Sudden change in blood sugar levels

Spleen Conditions

  • Fullness or bloating
  • Pain in the upper left abdomen or back
  • Anorexia
  • Gastric reflux
  • Fever
  • Night sweats
  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Bruising easily
  • Weight loss

Thyroid and Parathyroid disease Overview

  • This disease will cause osteopenia, significant osteoporosis and bone fractures.
  • Most people have symptoms like low energy, fatigue, headaches, sleeplessness, irritability, high blood pressure and difficulty concentrating, poor memory, GERD, muscle aches and pain, bone pain, low sex drive, and heart rhythm problems.
  • In more severe cases it can cause gastric ulcers, pancreatitis and kidney stones. Importantly, severe depression results in about 20% of patients.

Umbilical / Ventral / Incisional Hernias

  • The inability to push the hernia back into the body
  • Pain and tissue damage
  • Change in color
  • Infection

Treatments

Adrenal Gland Symptoms

  • In Addison’s, standard hormone replacement therapy with hydrocortisone is used to treat cortisol deficiency.

Breast Cancer

Primary types of treatment include:

  • Surgery
  • Radiation
  • Chemotherapy
  • Hormone therapy
  • Targeted therapy
  • Bone–directed therapy

Colon and Rectal Cancer

If cancer is diagnosed, then the next step would include one of the following:

  • Surgical removal of the tumor and some healthy tissue
  • Radiation therapy
  • Chemotherapy
  • Targeted therapies

Diverticulitis

  • Bowel rest
  • Pain medications
  • Liquid diet
  • Antibiotics
  • Hospitalization
  • When an abscess is present, a drain may be placed

Female Reconstructive Surgery

Nonsurgical

  • Pelvic floor biofeedback
  • Pelvic floor therapy
  • Botox bladder injections
  • Bladder instillation

Surgical

  • AbdominalSacro colpopexy
  • Mesh removal
  • UreteralStents
  • Sacral neuromodulation
  • Fistularepairs
  • Burchurethropexy

Gallbladder Disease

  • Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography(ERCP) or gallbladder surgery
  • Laparoscopic cholecystectomy
  • Medication

Hemorrhoids, Fissures, and Fistula

Home Treatment

  • Lifestyle changes
  • High fiber diet
  • Exercising
  • Staying hydrated
  • Topical creams

Medical Treatment

  • Rubber band ligation
  • Hemorrhoidectomy
  • Staple hemorrhoidopexy
  • Softening stool
  • Relaxing the anal sphincter
  • Botox injection
  • Sphincterotomy

Hernia

  • Hernia repair
  • Laparoscopic Surgery

Pancreatic Cancer

Surgery

  • Palliative Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Biliary Bypass Surgery
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Microwave thermotherapy
  • Cryosurgery
  • Embolization
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Targeted Therapy
  • Medical Marijuana

Spleen Conditions

Treatment depends on the underlying condition. With some conditions, removing the spleen may be part of the treatment. Certain cancers may be treated with a splenectomy after other treatments fail.

Thyroid and Parathyroid disease Overview

  • Surgery to remove the parathyroid gland

Umbilical / Ventral / Incisional Hernias

  • Infants with umbilical hernias usually do not require treatment because the majority of the time, the hernia shrinks and closes by itself, by the time the child is 1-2 years old
  • Open Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Abdominal wall binder

Services

Our practice has general surgeons who have special expertise and interest in all of the sub-specialties of general surgery, including breast surgery, endocrine surgery(thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal, and pancreas), gastrointestinal surgery, liver and gallbladder surgery, hernia surgery, colorectal surgery, and bariatric surgery.

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