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General Surgery at CNOS

The general surgeons at CNOS offer an array of general and advanced surgical procedures. Countless individuals from Siouxland and throughout the tri-state region have visited our practice for general laprascopic and advanced laprascopic procedures, cancer treatments, hernia surgery and much more. Our surgeons provide the same skill and dedication to all of  our patients, ranging from routine procedures to some of the most complex and intricate operations performed in the region.

Common general surgery procedures:

At CNOS, the general surgery team performs various 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 surgeries include partial colectomy, or the removal of part of the large intestine, and prostatectomy, the removal of part or all of the prostate gland.


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. General surgery typically falls into two 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 could 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 surgeries, including laparoscopy, endoscopy, and arthroscopy.

Am I a good candidate for general surgery?

To determine if you’re a good candidate for general surgery, the team at CNOS 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, but 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 CNOS. Call our office to speak with a member of the administrative staff today!

Start the conversation with a CNOS General Surgeon today

Request an appointment now at one of our local clinics near you or call 605-217-2667.

CNOS General Surgery Clinic Locations

The following CNOS clinics offer general surgery care in communities throughout Siouxland. Find a clinic near you to visit with one of our general surgeons.