General Surgery

General Surgery Q & A

What is general surgery?

General surgery is a surgical specialty used to treat abdominal problems, thyroid issues, and certain types of cancer.
General surgeons, like the team at CNOS, undergo years of education and hands-on training to perform safe and effective procedures on various parts of the body.

What are the types of general surgery?

General surgery falls into two distinct categories:

Open surgery

Open surgery requires large incisions and general anesthesia. It allows your surgeon to observe and access your internal organs and other structures throughout your body.
Because open surgery involves cutting your skin and tissues, it involves a lengthy recovery process. That includes several days in the hospital and weeks or months of physical therapy and rehabilitation.

Minimally invasive surgery

Minimally invasive surgery uses special tools and small incisions to access your organs and soft tissues. It allows for quicker recovery times, fewer complications, and less pain. There are various types of minimally invasive surgery, including laparoscopy, endoscopy, and arthroscopy.

What are some common procedures included in general surgery?

At Tri-State Specialists, the team performs various general surgery procedures, including:

  • Appendectomy (appendix removal)
  • Cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal)
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Breast Cancer Surgery
  • Colon Cancer Surgery
  • Vascular
  • Weight Loss Surgery
  • Hernia repair
  • Thyroid surgery
  • Varicose Veins
  • Reflux Management
  • Abdominal Wall Reconstruction
  • Surgery to remove other types of cancer

Other common types of general surgery include partial colectomy, or the removal of part of the large intestine, and prostatectomy, the removal of part or all of the prostate gland.

Am I a good candidate for general surgery?

To determine if you’re a good candidate for general surgery, the team at Tri-State Specialists conducts a physical exam, reviews your medical history, and asks about your symptoms.

During your initial consultation, let the team know about any chronic medical conditions you have like diabetes or heart disease. These health problems won’t necessarily disqualify you from undergoing general surgery, but they may increase your risk of complications.

Whenever possible, the team recommends conservative, non-invasive treatments. If your symptoms persist or get worse, though, you’ll likely qualify for general surgery.

How long does general surgery take?

The length of general surgery depends on the problem treated and whether you undergo an open or minimally invasive operation. That said, most surgical procedures take between two and three hours. Following your operation, you’ll stay in the hospital for at least one night and maybe longer.

To ensure the best possible outcome, follow your surgeon’s instructions carefully, take all of your medications as prescribed, and attend all of your subsequent appointments.

If you’re interested in learning more about general surgery, schedule an appointment at Tri-State Specialists. Book a consultation online, or call the office to speak with a friendly member of the administrative staff today.