All Other General Surgery Briefs

Appendix 

 

Colon and Rectal Surgery

Our team performs surgery on the colon and rectum to treat a wide variety of conditions, including bowel obstruction, cancer, Crohn’s disease, diverticulitis, injury, and hemorrhoids. Common colon and rectal surgeries include:

  • Colectomy, also called colon or bowel resection, removes all or part of the colon, or large intestine. Colectomy requires an incision in the abdomen. Most people spend a few days to a week in the hospital after surgery. Full recovery may take several weeks.
  • Colostomy, is surgery to connect the colon to an external opening in the abdomen called a stoma. People who have a colostomy excrete stool through the colostomy into a special bag, instead of from the rectum. A colostomy may be temporary or permanent, depending on the condition of the colon and the patient’s health.
  • Hemorrhoidectomy, removes hemorrhoids, sometimes called piles, which are swollen, inflamed blood vessels in the anus and rectum. Most hemorrhoids respond to lifestyle changes and medication. Large, severe or persistent hemorrhoids may need surgery.

Esophageal Surgery


The esophagus is the hollow tube that runs from your mouth to your stomach. Because the esophagus plays a crucial role in the digestive process, esophageal problems can affect nutritional intake and overall quality of life. Many esophageal diseases can be treated with medication, but some require surgical treatment. Common esophageal surgeries our team performs include:
 
  • Acid reflux surgery, or fundoplication, treats GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) occurs when the muscles of the esophagus do not close the opening to the stomach tightly enough. Acid reflux surgery involves wrapping the upper part of the stomach around the bottom of the esophagus to tighten the stomach opening.
  • Esophagectomy removes all or part of the esophagus. Doctors primarily use esophagectomy to treat esophageal cancer and Barrett’s esophagus—a precancerous condition.
  • Excision of an esophageal lesion removes a growth or suspicious area inside your esophagus. If the growth is small and has not extended into the wall of the esophagus, a surgeon may be able to remove it with a minimally invasive surgery.

Gall Bladder

Hernia

Thyroid Removal

The thyroid gland is located at the bottom of the front of your neck. This gland makes hormones that are vital for metabolism. Some diseases can affect the thyroid gland. It could become enlarged, making it hard to breathe or swallow. It could also be overactive and make too much of a certain hormone. Cancer is the most common reason for thyroid gland surgery.

Depending on your condition, after a consultation, our team may remove all or part of your thyroid. If the entire thyroid is removed, you’ll need to take synthetic hormones to replace the ones made by the gland.

Spleen Removal


The spleen is an organ located next to your stomach on the left side of your body. It has several critical jobs. It destroys damaged blood cells. It helps prevent infection. It also plays a role in helping your blood clot properly. An enlarged spleen can’t perform these functions like it should. This increases your risk for infection. And an enlarged spleen could burst and cause dangerous internal bleeding. A general surgeon has the training to remove the spleen when necessary. 

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