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General Surgery

Surgical Techniques

Hernia repairs are done with open surgery or laparoscopically. The technique a surgeon uses is based on several variables, like the size and location of the hernia, the patient’s age, and their overall health.

Open surgery: The surgeon makes an incision (cut) near the hernia and returns the bulging tissue back into the body. The weakened muscle that allowed the hernia to occur in the first place is stitched back together or, more commonly, patched with a synthetic material called mesh.

Laparoscopic surgery: Multiple, tiny incisions are made around the hernia site to allow for the insertion of long, thin surgical tools. One tool has a camera attached to it, so the surgeon can view images that are projected onto a TV screen. Tools are then used to repair the hernia in the same way as with open surgery.

While open surgery is the traditional way to repair a hernia, laparoscopic surgery often allows patients to recover faster and causes less pain.

What is general surgery?

General surgery is performed by a certified general surgeon who has special training and expertise in their respective field. General surgeons perform a variety of operations, some of which are related to conditions affecting the abdomen, skin and soft tissue, trauma and more. Advantages of working with a general surgeon: A general surgeon has extensive knowledge of the body and its systems, allowing them to spot troubling symptoms in the body even when they are not performing surgery on that particular area. You can work with the same general surgeon for a variety of operations, creating a solid relationship. General surgeons work with you through all stages of your operation, not just the surgery itself.
Common Surgeries Performed:

Hernia Repair

A hernia occurs when an organ or tissue protrudes through a weakened muscular area within the body, most commonly the abdominal wall. Hernia repair surgery involves returning the displaced tissue back into the body and stitching or patching up the weak spot.

Hernia repair surgery is common and is generally very safe and effective. Your surgeon will provide you with the knowledge about its potential risks and the recovery process if you or a loved one are considering it.

Appendectomy

An appendectomy is the surgical removal of the appendix, which is located in the right lower side of the abdomen. This operation is usually carried out on an emergency basis to treat appendicitis (inflamed appendix). This may occur as a result of an obstruction in part of the appendix.

Common symptoms of appendicitis are nausea, vomiting, constipation and pain. The pain is initially felt in the centre of the abdomen and later moves to become a sharper pain in the right lower abdomen. Occasionally, some of these symptoms may be absent and it becomes necessary to investigate the abdominal cavity to make a diagnosis.

Cholecystectomy

A cholecystectomy is surgery that removes your gallbladder. The gallbladder is a small organ located under your liver. It is on the upper right side of your abdomen. The gallbladder stores a digestive juice called bile which is made in the liver.

A cholecystectomy may be done if your gallbladder:

  • Has lumps of solid material (gallstones)
  • Is red or swollen (inflamed), or infected 
  • Is cancerous

There are 2 types of surgery to remove the gallbladder:

  • Open (traditional) method. In this method, 1 cut (incision) about 4 to 6 inches long is made in the upper right-hand side of your belly. The surgeon finds the gallbladder and takes it out through the incision.
  • Laparoscopic method. This method uses 3 to 4 very small incisions. It uses a long, thin tube called a laparoscope. The tube has a tiny video camera and surgical tools. The tube, camera and tools are put in through the incisions. The surgeon does the surgery while looking at a TV monitor. The gallbladder is removed through 1 of the incisions.

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