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General Surgery

In spite of its name, general surgery is a surgical specialty that focuses on abdominal contents including the esophagus, stomach, small bowel, colon, liver, pancreas, gallbladder, bile ducts, and thyroid gland. General surgeons also deal with diseases involving skin, breast, soft tissue, and hernias. General surgeons have a broad skillset and expansive knowledge of the human body.

Some people hear the term “general surgeon” and believe it refers to a run of the mill surgeon without any specialized skills. In truth, general surgeons are highly trained professionals who are more skilled at viewing the body as a whole than many other medical professionals.

You can greatly benefit from the skills of a general surgeon if you are dealing with the following:

  • Appendicitis
  • Hernias
  • Gallbladder problems
  • Stomach cancer
  • Intestinal issues
  • Colon cancer
  • Stomach
  • Esophagus
  • Small bowel

The Holistic Approach of General Surgeons

General surgeons understand how the changes they make in one area of the body will affect the rest of it. This holistic approach to surgery is advantageous in many operations. The American Board of Surgery says that a certified general surgeon must be prepared to assist patients who require palliative care, pain management, end-of-life-care, weight loss assistance, and comorbid chronic diseases.

At Myrtue Medical Center, our general surgeon, Dr. LeRoy Hodges, leads our surgical team. He is highly skilled and experienced in minimally invasive procedures, and helps patients find the ideal surgical solution for their situation.

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