General Surgery

General Surgery

General Surgery services offered in Athens, OH

If you have appendicitis or a gallstone, general surgery can stop the pain, prevent complications, and help speed up your body’s healing process. At Athens Surgery Center, an ambulatory surgery center, the team provides general surgery to people of all ages using traditional and minimally invasive techniques. Ask your doctor in Athens, Ohio about scheduling an appointment with Athens Surgery Center today.

What is general surgery?

General surgery uses operative procedures to treat a wide range of common health problems. General surgeons, like those at Athens Surgery Center, are medical doctors who have at least four additional years of specialized surgical training. Their knowledge and expertise allow them to provide complete care before, during, and after surgery.

What is included under the umbrella of general surgery?

At Athens Surgery Center, the team uses general surgery to treat various parts of the body, including:

  • The alimentary tract (esophagus, throat, and stomach)
  • Abdomen (intestines, rectum, and anus)
  • Breasts
  • Skin and soft tissue
  • Endocrine system (adrenal glands, thyroid, ovaries, and testes)

General surgeons also perform trauma surgery and surgical oncology (the removal of cancerous masses or tumors).

What happens during a general surgery consultation?

At Athens Surgery Center, the team provides general surgery consultations on-site.

Your surgeon reviews your medical records and asks about the symptoms you’re experiencing. Then, they do a physical exam to determine if surgery might benefit you. During the physical, your surgeon orders a series of lab tests, including blood work and urinalysis. 

Let your provider know if you take any prescription medications, like blood thinners. Certain drugs can interfere with anesthesia during surgery. You should also alert your surgeon if you have an underlying health problem like high blood pressure or diabetes. These problems won’t prevent you from surgery, but they may increase the risk of complications.

If your surgeon determines that you can benefit from an operation, they explain how to prepare. For example, you might have to fast before your operation or take prescription medication.

What happens during general surgery?

The team at Athens Surgery Center performs several types of general surgery, including:

Traditional open surgery

Traditional open surgery occurs under general anesthesia, meaning you’re asleep. During treatment, your surgeon uses special tools to make repairs and/or remove diseased or damaged tissues. After, they stitch the incisions closed and move you to a recovery room for observation.

If you undergo traditional surgery, you might have to stay in the hospital for a day or two. 

Minimally invasive surgery

Minimally invasive surgery can occur under local or general anesthesia. Minimally invasive techniques use smaller incisions than traditional open surgery. As a result, there’s less bleeding, reduced risk of infection, and improved outcomes.

To learn more about general surgery, request a consultation at Athens Surgery Center by calling the office or booking online today.