As the second leading cause of preventable death in the United States, obesity is one of the most important health challenges of the 21st century. Hypertension, diabetes, stroke, cancer and heart disease are just a few of the many illnesses that have been associated with obesity. During the last 20 years, these trends in America have become truly alarming.
According to the American Obesity Association, over 30% of Americans ages 20 and older are obese, as are 15% of children and adolescents.
Because obesity is such a complex chronic disease involving social, cultural, genetic, physiologic, metabolic, behavioral and psychological components, it’s important to choose physicians who are just as qualified to treat lifestyle issues as they are to perform complex procedures.
These procedures have a proven 50% success rate with weight loss.
Our sensitive and caring staff hosts seminars on the first Tuesday of each month to inform potential patients about the benefits of gastric bypass and adjustable gastric band surgeries. In addition, we host support groups to educate, guide and encourage post-operative patients in maintaining healthy lifestyles.
General surgery is a specialty requiring a surgeon to know and be responsible for the preoperative, operative, and postoperative management of patients who may fall under a broad spectrum of diseases. General surgery patients may require elective or emergency surgical treatment.
General surgeons have a broad knowledge of anatomy, physiology, epidemiology, immunology and pathology. General surgeons are typically experienced in conditions affecting the alimentary tract, breast, endocrine system, abdomen (and its contents), skin and soft tissues.
- Common General Surgery Procedures:
- Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy
- Insertion of Port-A-Caths (including Power Ports)
- Hernia Repairs – Open and laparoscopically
- Colon Resection – Open and laparoscopically
It is not unusual for a certified general surgeon to assist in the care for patients with problems in other specialty areas and/or surgical procedures.