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3 Most Common General Surgery Procedures

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The health of you and your loved ones is too important to put at risk. Patients who opt for private hospitals and quality healthcare will always have the peace of mind that comes with knowing they will receive the most advanced medical treatments, if they become necessary.

Some of the advantages of choosing a private hospital for your general surgery needs include:

  • Shorter wait times
  • World-class amenities and services
  • Excellent doctor-to-patient ratios
  • More personalized health care
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What is General Surgery?

Despite its name, general surgery is in fact a surgical speciality. General surgeons not only perform surgeries for a wide range of common ailments, but they are also responsible for patient care before, during and after the surgery.

General surgeons are trained to operate on the:

  • Alimentary tract (esophagus and related organs)
  • Abdomen
  • Breast, skin and soft tissue
  • Endocrine system

In addition, all general surgeons are expected to have knowledge and experience in:

  • Surgical critical care
  • Trauma
  • Surgical oncology


Key Procedures of General Surgery

At our Kelowna private hospital, the goal of our plastic and general surgeons is to restore your quality of life and help you reach all your health goals, quickly, successfully and sustainably.

Some of the key general surgery procedures we offer include:


1. Laparoscopic Gastric Banding

Laparoscopic gastric banding is a type of weight loss surgery during which a band, made from high grade medical silicon, is placed around the top of the stomach to limit the amount of food you can eat.

This type of general surgery works by:

  • Reducing background hunger
  • Allowing you to feel full with smaller meals
  • Preventing overeating

How is it performed?

This procedure takes approximately 1 hour and is performed under a general anesthetic. Once the anesthetic is administered, your plastic surgeon will:

  • Make 4 small incisions on the upper abdomen
  • Place the band around the stomach
  • Put a few holding stitches around the band to keep it in the correct position and reduce chances of slippage
  • Place an adjustable access-port deep under the skin and connect it to the band using a special tubing
  • Close the skin incisions using absorbable sutures

What are the advantages of a laparoscopic gastric banding procedure?

  • It is reversible
  • It doesn’t lead to deficiencies in vitamins and minerals
  • It has low risk of complications, especially when performed by a certified plastic surgeon
  • Short treatment time and recovery period


2. Laparoscopic Hernia Repair

A hernia occurs when the inside layers of the abdominal wall weaken, then bulge or tear. While not suitable for all types of hernias, a laparoscopic hernia repair is much less invasive and damaging than an open repair.

How is it performed?

Laparoscopic surgery uses a laparoscope (a tiny camera) that is inserted through a small incision in your belly-button, as well as small surgical equipment to repair the hernia.

Once the general anesthesia is administered, your plastic or general surgeon will:

  • Pass the laparoscope and equipment through 2-4 incisions made in the abdominal wall
  • Inflate the abdominal cavity with carbon dioxide gas to give themselves more space to work and to view the problem clearly
  • Cover the defect or hole with mesh that will strengthen the weakened area from the inside
  • Close the abdominal incisions with surgical tape or absorbable sutures

What are the advantages of a laparoscopic hernia repair?

  • Lower hospital costs and shorter recovery time
  • Reduced pain after the surgery
  • Lower risk of complications
  • Less visible scars


3. Colonoscopy

A colonoscopy is a type of  general surgery during which your doctor uses a colonoscope to look inside your rectum and colon. It can be used to show a number of health problems including:

  • Ulcers
  • Polyps
  • Cancer
  • Irritated and swollen tissue

How is a colonoscopy performed?

During a colonoscopy, an experienced doctor uses a colonoscope to view the lining of your colon. It typically takes between 30-60 minutes.

Here’s what to expect:

  • An IV needle will be placed in your arm so you won’t be aware or feel pain during the procedure
  • The doctor will insert the colonoscope through your anus and into your rectum and colon.
  • This instrument will inflate your large intestine with air for a better view.
  • The camera sends a video image to a monitor, allowing your surgeon to examine your large intestine.
  • If the doctor finds any abnormal tissue, he/she may perform a biopsy.

What are the advantages of a colonoscopy?

  • They help detect colon cancer
  • They help your doctor diagnose and treat colitis (chronic inflammation of the colon)
  • They allow your doctor to diagnose the cause of any abdominal pain
  • Low-risk and short procedure


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To find out more about the costs and benefits of our wide range of general surgery procedures, call our Kelowna private hospital today at 250-868-9099 or fill out our online contact form.

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