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General Surgery

General surgery, despite its name, is a surgical specialty. General surgical procedures are numerous and involve different areas of the body. It focuses on abdominal organs, such as, intestines including esophagus, stomach, small bowel, colorectal, anal, liver, pancreas, gallbladder and bile ducts. Surgeons also deal with diseases involving the skin, breast, hernias, thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal disease.


Our experts truly enjoy the specialty of general surgery. Every patient has a unique problem and they pride themselves in helping to positively affect their patients' quality of life. The wide variety of surgical care that they provide makes every day different and offers a variety of interesting challenges. Our providers establish a relationship with their patients by treating them like family. They try to be genuinely clear and concise about the surgical experience, rehabilitation and post-surgery expectations. Each patient receives individual attention and the best possible treatment options.

Benefits

We understand that requiring a surgical procedure can be frightening and frustrating. That's why 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.


We will help you to fully understand your options so that you will feel comfortable with your treatment plan and decision to undergo surgery. We appreciate the trust you place in our care team and pledge to be up front about the outcomes you can expect.

Emergency surgery

In the United States and Canada, the overall responsibility for trauma care falls under the auspices of general surgery. General surgeons must be able to deal initially with almost any surgical emergency. Often they are the first port of call to critically ill or gravely injured patients, and must perform a variety of procedures to stabilize such patients, such as intubation, burr hole, cricothyroidotomy, and emergency laparotomy or thoracotomy to stanch bleeding.


All General Surgeons are trained in emergency surgery. Bleeding, infections, bowel obstructions and organ perforations are the main problems they deal with. Cholecystectomy, the surgical removal of the gallbladder, is one of the most common surgical procedures done worldwide. This is most often done electively, but the gallbladder can become acutely inflamed and require an emergency operation. Ruptures of the appendix and small bowel obstructions are other common emergencies.

Laparoscopic surgery

Laparoscopic surgery is becoming a preferred surgical technique using cameras and small instruments inserted through small incisions. Robotic surgery is now evolving from this concept. Gallbladders, appendixes, and colons can all be removed with this technique. Hernias are now repaired mostly laparoscopically. General surgeons that are trained today are expected to be proficient in laparoscopic procedures.

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. In many communities, they are the only surgeon trained to do this. In communities that have a number of subspecialists other subspecialty surgeons may assume responsibility for these procedures.

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 often grow just below the skin such as fatty tumors or tumors that arise in muscles or other soft tissues. General Surgeons also treat more complex skin or subcutaneous infections including necrotizing fasciitis and will often employ skin grafts to cover defects in the skin resulting from burns, trauma, or infections.

Madison Surgery Center - Outpatient Surgery

Madison Surgery Center is a joint venture among University of Wisconsin Medical Foundation (managing partner), University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, and Meriter Hospital. Madison Surgery Center manages fully-furnished operating suites and procedural rooms, complete with state-of-the-art monitoring equipment, surgical technology and anesthesia. Madison Surgery Center combines the latest surgical technology and treatment with comfortable surroundings and is located at 1 S. Park Street Madison, WI 53715. Their phone numer is (608) 287-2200.

Bloodless Medicine & Surgery Program

Meriter Hospital created a Bloodless Medicine and Surgery Program, Wisconsin's first coordinated Bloodless Medicine and Surgery program.Some people choose bloodless medicine and surgery programs because of deeply held religious beliefs. And an increasing number of people are choosing such programs to reduce the possibility of blood-borne illnesses - such as hepatitis or HIV infection - or other adverse reactions.
 
Whatever the reason, Meriter makes sure to honor this choice throughout the patient's stay. Meriter has brought together a skilled team of physicians, surgeons, nurses, technical and support staff that is committed to meeting the needs of patients who wish blood conservation and bloodless care.
 
If you need more information or would like to schedule an appointment, be sure to request Bloodless Medicine and Surgery when you call Meriter Hospital; a receptionist will connect you directly to a bloodless medicine and surgery coordinator. (608) 417-6259