General surgery is a surgical discipline. General surgeons undergo years of training and have extensive knowledge of how the body works, heals, and responds to physically stressful situations.
General surgeons take their core knowledge and use it to diagnose and treat conditions using various surgical procedures. In addition to surgery, general surgeons also manage their patient’s preoperative and postoperative care.
The AZ Weight Loss Clinic team specializes in weight loss surgery but has core training in general surgery.
General surgery addresses many areas of the body. It treats conditions that affect the:
General surgeons use their training and skills to treat conditions such as cancer, trauma, and the surgical needs of those who are critically ill.
When performing general surgery, the team at AZ Weight Loss Clinic uses minimally invasive tools and techniques whenever possible to keep incision sizes small and recovery time short.
There are many types of general surgery. Some of the more common include:
An appendectomy is the primary treatment for appendicitis or inflammation of the appendix. The appendix is a small pouch located on your large intestine. During an appendectomy, the surgeon removes the inflamed appendix.
A cholecystectomy is the removal of your gallbladder. The gallbladder is a small organ that holds bile, a substance that assists in the digestion of fat. You may need a cholecystectomy if you have gallstones that cause pain or inflammation.
A hernia occurs when fatty tissue or a portion of your intestine protrudes through a weakened area of your abdominal wall. Surgery is the primary treatment for a hernia.
If you have colon cancer or inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), the team at AZ Weight Loss Clinic may perform a colectomy to treat the condition. During a colectomy, they remove some or all of your colon.
General surgeons perform surgery for breast cancer, removing only the cancerous tissue and some of the surrounding healthy tissue (breast-conserving surgery) or removing the entire breast (mastectomy).
Bariatric surgery includes various procedures the team at AZ Weight Loss Clinic performs to help with weight loss. This includes gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, and duodenal switch.
To learn more about general surgery at AZ Weight Loss Clinic, call the nearest office or book an appointment online today.