Surgery is a medical treatment carried out through an opening in the body. It can help repair an organ, remove an obstruction, implant a medical device, or help in enhancing the patient’s physical appearance. Open surgeries are procedures that involve a cut or incision in the skin and require a lengthy hospital stay. Today, technological advancements enable surgeons to perform minimally invasive and robotic surgeries, which help patients recuperate faster, cause minimal damage to the body, and greatly reduce the risk of operative complications. DFW Bariatrics and General Surgery has highly experienced surgeons that conduct nearly 1000 surgical procedures every year in Texas.
While general surgeons are adept at performing surgical procedures on almost any part of the body, here are some common surgeries that they do:
Chronic Acid-reflux/ GERD
Also known as fundoplication, the procedure treats chronic acid reflux or GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). GERD occurs when acid from the stomach flows backwards into the oesophagus. During the procedure, surgeons repair or replace a valve at the bottom of the esophagus to help prevent the acid from flowing back.
Hernia is when an organ pushes through a weak spot in the muscle or tissue. Hernias usually manifest in the belly-button, thigh, or groin region. During hernia surgery, surgeons move the protruding organ back into place and repair the weak spot in the muscle or tissue.
This surgery is conducted to remove the gallbladder – a small, pouch-like organ that stores bile. Cholecystectomy treats conditions like gallstones, which can cause intense stomach aches and discomfort.
Colon Cancer/ Diverticulitis
Colorectal surgery helps resolve issues impacting the colon, rectum, and anus, including colon cancer, diverticulitis, and damage caused by inflammatory bowel disease. During the procedure, all or part of the colon is removed.
Obesity is a serious issue that often leads to serious health issues and can even result in death. In cases where weight loss has remained a distant goal despite implementing lifestyle changes, exercising, and eating healthy, weight loss surgery is the next best treatment. Several minimally invasive procedures like Sleeve Gastrectomy, Adjustable Gastric Banding, Gastric Bypass, and Duodenal Switch can help patients lose weight successfully and enhance their overall health.
Surgical procedures may be common, but the prospect of undergoing surgery can still be overwhelming. You need to consult a general surgeon to discuss available treatment options and whether or not you are a candidate for surgery. The general surgeons at DFW Bariatrics and General Surgery are always available to discuss your case and chart the best way forward. Consult an experienced general surgeon in the Dallas Fort Worth area today or call 469-620-0222. You can also email [email protected].