General Surgery

General surgery focuses on abdominal contents, like the esophagus, stomach, small bowel, colon, liver, pancreas, gallbladder and bile ducts, and often the thyroid gland. General surgeons also deal with diseases involving the skin, breast, soft tissue and hernias.

USMD general surgeons use a variety of techniques, including minimally invasive procedures, to diagnose and treat disease, injury or deformity almost anywhere on the body. In addition to providing many options for the surgical diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer, including lumpectomy and mastectomy, USMD general surgeons perform the following procedures:

  • Gallbladder Surgery
  • Hernia Repair
  • Appendectomy
  • Abdominal Laparoscopic Procedures
  • Colon Resection
  • Thyroid Surgery
  • Parathyroid surgery
  • Hemorrhoid Surgery and
  • Removal of Benign and Malignant Skin and Soft Tissue Tumors
  • Breast Surgical Biopsy 

Biopsy

If your healthcare provider discovers a suspicious area, calcification or lump, a biopsy may be used to analyze the condition. Sometimes a lump or suspicious area has to be removed surgically and examined under a microscope to determine if cancer is present. Usually this can be done on an outpatient basis, with either local or general anesthesia.

Sentinel Lymph Node (SLN) Biopsy can be used to help determine the extent or stage of cancer. With a Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy, the sentinel lymph node is removed and examined under a microscope to determine whether cancer cells are present. SLN Biopsy is based on the idea that cancer cells spread in an orderly way from the primary tumor to the sentinel lymph node(s), then to other nearby lymph nodes.

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