What does a General Surgeon treat? In many ways, “general” is somewhat of a misnomer. A General Surgeon is a specialist with expertise in the evaluation and treatment of patients with illnesses or conditions involving a wide range of systems and anatomic regions.
A General surgeon’s education involves at least a 5-year residency, after completion of undergraduate and medical school training. They are experts in surgery of the abdominal cavity, trauma care and cancer care. The following are some of the most common services that Petoskey Surgeons offer:
- Evaluation of breast abnormalities such as breast lumps, abnormal mammograms and nipple discharge.
- Hernias of the abdominal wall, such as inguinal, umbilical and incisional hernias.
- Evaluation of abdominal pain and its numerous causes, such as appendicitis, diverticulitis, cholecystitis, etc.
- Surgery of the gallbladder and biliary tree, such as to treat symptomatic gallstones or acute cholecystitis.
- Vascular surgery, which includes the treatment of occlusive disease (plaque blockage) of the carotid, subclavian, kidney, intestinal, abdominal aorta and leg arteries, as well as treatment of aneurysm disease. Treatment options include surgical bypass, as well as endovascular options (angioplasty and stent).
- Treatment of venous diseases, varicose veins, vena cava filter placement and Venefit office based variose vein treatment.
- Vascular Ultrasound and non-invasive testing.(NIVA lab)
- Laparoscopic surgery (minimally invasive surgery), such as cholecystectomy, appendectomy, Nissen fundoplication for heartburn, colectomy, colostomy closure, hernia, splenectomy, cancer staging, diagnostic laparoscopy, adrenalectomy and distal pancreatectomy.
- Flexible endoscopy, both diagnostic and screening, including esophagogastroduodenoscopy, gastrostomy placement and colonoscopy.
- Minimally invasive breast and thyroid image-guided biopsy, such as fine-needle biopsy and core-needle biopsy.
- Endocrine surgery to treat conditions of the thyroid (nodules, hyperthyroidism), parathyroid glands and adrenal glands.
- Surgery of the alimentary tract, to treat Crohn’s disease, bowel obstruction, diverticular disease, peptic ulcer disease.
- Dialysis access.
- Trauma care, including the management of the patient with multiple injuries.
- Surgical critical care.
- Perianal disorders, hemorrhoids, fissure, fistula, abscess.
- Pediatric surgery (surgical care of children) appendix, pyloric stenosis, bowel obstruction, hernia.
We offer surgical oncological care in multiple areas, including:
- Breast cancer (minimally invasive diagnostic biopsy, lumpectomy, mastectomy, sentinel node biopsy, axillary dissection.) The great majority of patients are treated without need for mastectomy. If mastectomy is required there are options available for immediate reconstruction.
- Thyroid cancer.
- Distal esophagus cancer, Barrett’s esophagitis and esophagectomy without thoracotomy.
- Stomach cancer.
- Pancreas, bile duct and liver cancer.
- Cancer of the colon, rectum, anus and small bowel
- Skin cancers, such as melanoma, basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma.
- Sentinel lymph node biopsy techniques for breast cancer and melanoma (allowing for removal of only one or two lymph nodes to stage such malignancies).
- Mediport placement and venous access for chemotherapy administration.
We also offer minor office-based surgery under local anesthesia, occasionally supplemented by oral sedatives. Some of the most common procedures we can perform in the office setting include: skin lesion (lipoma, or cyst removal), temporal artery biopsy, nerve biopsy, muscle biopsy, mediport removal, hemorrhoid banding, abscess drainage and even some breast biopsies.