General surgery, despite its name, is a surgical specialty. It focuses on abdominal organs, including esophagus, stomach, small bowel, colorectal, anus, liver, pancreas, gallbladder and bile ducts. General surgeons also care for diseases involving the skin, breast, hernias, thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal disease.
Every patient has a unique problem, so each receives individual attention and treatment options. Our providers establish a relationship with each patient by treating them like family. Our team is committed to ensuring each patient has a clear understanding of his or her surgical experience, rehabilitation and post-surgery prognosis.
We understand that undergoing a surgical procedure can be frightening and frustrating. You can count on us to listen to you and thoroughly assess the problem. We will customize your care and treat you as an individual. Our personalized approach, experience and surgical skills ensure that you will have the best surgical experience possible.
Our goal is for you to fully understand your options so you can feel comfortable with your treatment plan. We appreciate the trust you place in our care team and pledge to be up front about what outcome you can expect.
Often, general surgeons are the first call to critically ill or gravely injured patients. Trained in emergency surgery, they commonly care for individuals experiencing bleeding, infections, bowel obstructions and organ perforations.
General surgeons at UnityPoint Health - Meriter are proficient in laparoscopic procedures. Laparoscopic and robotic surgery are typically the preferred surgical techniques, using cameras and small instruments inserted through tiny incisions. Gallbladders, appendixes, and colons can all be removed with this technique, and hernias are typically repaired laparoscopically.
General Surgeons treat a wide variety of colon and rectal diseases ranging from cancer, inflammatory bowel diseases (such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease) to diverticulitis, gastrointestinal bleeding and hemorrhoids.
General surgeons perform a majority of all non-cosmetic breast surgery from lumpectomy to mastectomy, especially pertaining to the evaluation and diagnosis, of breast cancer.
General Surgeons are trained to remove all or part of the thyroid and parathyroid glands in the neck and the adrenal glands just above each kidney in the abdomen.
General Surgeons perform a wide variety of skin-related surgeries, ranging from removing suspicious moles to treating major burns. General Surgeons also remove tumors that grow just below the skin, such as fatty tumors or tumors that arise in muscles or other soft tissues. General Surgeons also care for more complex skin or subcutaneous infections and will often employ skin grafts to cover defects in the skin resulting from burns, trauma, or infections.