Many people experience anxiety about undergoing a surgical procedure. We understand these fears and are proud to offer patients relief through a variety of anesthesia options. Anesthesia allows people to gain a sense of comfort about these often complex and lengthy procedures and can also influence some patients to undergo elective procedures that they may have been apprehensive about before.
General Surgery is a medical specialty that necessitates its practitioners to have a broad knowledge of many conditions and the effects they may have on the body. General surgeons are well equipped to diagnose and treat a wide variety of ailments. They receive extensive training after medical school, with hands-on residencies that give general surgeons practical, in-depth experience working on skin, breasts, organs of the abdomen and more. Medical education is a career-long endeavor for general surgeons as they continually expand their expertise and abilities by keeping up with the latest advances in the field.
Gastroenterology is a branch of medicine focused on the digestive system and its disorders. Diseases affecting the gastrointestinal tract, which includes the organs from mouth to anus, along the alimentary canal, are the focus of this specialty. Physicians practicing in this field of medicine are called gastroenterologists. A patient or patients scheduled for a colonoscopy will have a tube passed into the rectum up to the cecum. The purpose is either for an annual evaluation based on family history or a suspicion of a polyp or other disease process. Patients scheduled for an endoscopy or gastroscopy are having a scope passed in order to look at the stomach and esophagus. The doctor can look for diseases such as esophageal cancer, ulcers and non-cancerous tumors. If anything abnormal or suspicious is detected, we will biopsy the area and send it to a certified lab for evaluation. During the procedure, the patient is under sedation to keep them comfortable and relaxed.
Many of the problems orthopedists treat involve joints, places in the body where two or more bones meet. Humans have three different kinds of joints: fibrous (in the skull), cartilaginous (in the spine) and synovial (the neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists, hands, hips, knees, ankles and feet). This last type is what we usually refer to when we say “joint.” Ligaments connect bones to each other, and tendons connect muscles and bones.
These parts of our bodies can be damaged from a traumatic injury, disease, congenital disorder or the natural aging process. Commonly treated conditions include arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, bone fractures, knee and shoulder problems, tendon and ligament tears, osteoporosis, and sports injuries. Patients may be middle-aged or elderly.
Joint Fusion: Joint fusion - also known as arthrodesis - is a surgical procedure used to treat severe cases of pain and arthritis in the ankle or foot. This procedure involves fusing the bones of the joint together, eliminating movement. Ankle fusion was commonly used before joint replacement was available, and is still considered the ideal treatment for some patients. During the fusion procedure, cartilage may be removed and screws are applied to hold the joint together. As it heals, new bone material will form, eliminating joint movement and pain. This procedure may be performed arthroscopically or through a traditional open procedure.
Osteotomy: A bunion is a common condition that involves an abnormal, bony bump as the base of the big toe, causing the joint to swell outward and become painful. The big toe may also turn inward toward the second toe as a result of the enlarged joint, which can then lead to difficulty walking. We can correct this with a procedure called “bunionectomy with osteotomy.” During the procedure, a cut is made in the bone near the base of the big toe, and may or may not be shortened. The big toe is then repositioned allowing perfect alignment. The inner-foot “bump” may also be removed at this time. Screws or pins are then applied to ensure proper healing.
Every treatment program we develop is unique to the patient’s specific needs. It is important to us to provide each patient with the highest level of personal, compassionate care. Our office is equipped with the latest technology for assisting us in diagnosing and treating all aspects of urological diseases.
Some of our areas of special interest in urology include: