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General Surgery

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.

GENERAL SURGEONS
Kenneth Foster, MD
Daniel Mansfield, MD
Susan Toth, MD
Kristen Rider, PA-C
Karen D. Orr, PA-C

Benefits

We understand that ungoing 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.

Emergency surgery

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.  

Laparoscopic surgery

Meriter general surgeons 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.

Colorectal surgery

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.

Breast surgery

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.

Endocrine surgery

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.

Dermatological Surgery

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.

Bloodless Medicine and Surgery Program

Meriter Hospital developed Wisconsin's first coordinated Bloodless Medicine and Surgery Program. Some patients choose bloodless medicine and surgery programs because of deeply held religious beliefs. An increasing number of individuals are choosing such programs to reduce the any risk of blood-borne illnesses - such as hepatitis or HIV infection - or other adverse reactions.
 
Meriter honors your choice throughout your stay. Our skilled team of physicians, surgeons, nurses, technical and support staff is committed to meeting the needs of patients who choose blood conservation and bloodless care.
 
If you need more information or would like to schedule an appointment, call (608) 417-6259. Request Bloodless Medicine and Surgery when you call and a receptionist will connect you directly to a surgery coordinator.