General Surgery is a clinical discipline devoted to diagnosis and management
of a broad range of diseases and conditions that may require surgical
treatment. The scope of general surgery is vast and encompasses most of
the major organ systems and tissues of the body, including the:
General surgeons are doctors who are board-certified as specialists in
many different types of surgery. At Lower Bucks Hospital, our general
surgeons are an important part of your care team.
Our operating rooms are equipped with the latest technology, including
lasers, laparoscopes, microscopes, and video. These and other modalities
are used to assist in surgery and help speed our patients’ recovery.
When appropriate, many doctors and patients choose techniques that allow
for same day surgery in our Outpatient Surgery Center. The convenient
and efficient center includes sophisticated operating suites designed
for the safety and comfort of our patients.
Lower Bucks Hospital Department of General Surgery provides surgical diagnosis,
treatment and follow-up care for diseases and conditions in the colon,
oral, and digestive systems of the body.
General surgeons perform some of the most common surgeries in our hospital.
These include surgeries done in the abdomen—for example, if you
need to have your appendix removed or get a hernia repaired, you’re
likely to see a general surgeon for your procedure.
In addition, you may work with a general surgeon for diagnostic procedures,
such as a biopsy (tissue sample).
Maximum expertise in minimally invasive surgery
The general surgery team at Lower Bucks Hospital has extensive experience
with minimally invasive surgery. Unlike traditional open procedures done
with a large incision, our surgeons can perform many surgeries with just
a few tiny incisions. In some cases, you might have a surgery with no
incision at all.
Lower Bucks Hospitals General Surgery offers an array of surgical procedures
in many sub-specialties including, but not limited to:
- Diagnostic laparoscopy
- Hernia: Inguinal, Umbilical, All Incisional & Spigelian
- Gallbladder & Bile Duct Surgery
- Endocrine System
- Skin and Soft Tissue including Cancers
- Colon & Rectal Surgery
- Colonoscopy & Upper Endoscopy
- Thyroid & Parathyroid Surgery
- Gastric (Stomach) Resections for Cancer & Perforations
- Lymph Node Removal
- Mediport Placement
- Amputations of Limbs at All Levels
Common surgeries included:
A hernia is a weakness in the muscle-typically the abdominal wall-through
which soft tissue is allowed to bulge. In many cases, your doctor will
recommend simply monitoring a non-problematic hernia until it should become
a danger. In other cases, surgery may be recommended to repair the hernia,
replacing the displaced soft tissue.
A biopsy is a diagnostic tool that involves collecting a sample of tissue
from a patient’s body in order to examine it under a microscope.
Removal of the appendix, gall bladder or spleen
In some cases, it is necessary for a surgeon to remove a patient’s
organ such as the appendix, gall bladder, or spleen. A spleen may be removed
due to organ failure or trauma. Appendix removal is the most common emergency
abdominal surgery, and is recommended in cases where the appendix is infected
and may rupture. Gallbladder removal may become necessary if a patient
has a severely unhealthy diet or the organ becomes dysfunctional for another
reason and is likely to fail, which could cause bile to leak into the stomach.
Laparoscopic colon resection
A colon resection or “colectomy” involves removal of the colon
in whole or part, which is typically recommended as a treatment for certain
diseases such as large polyps, diverticular disease, or colon/rectal cancer.
This procedure may be performed using laparoscopic or minimally invasive
Our general surgeons are great team players
Our general surgeons work with many other specialists throughout our hospital.
Through procedures like diagnostic laparoscopy, our general surgeons can
work with gastroenterologists and gynecologists to pinpoint the cause
of your abdominal symptoms.
General Surgery Divisions
Colon and Rectal Surgery
Providing the latest in surgical diagnosis and treatments using the full
range of surgical tools from open surgeries to minimally invasive endoscopic
and advanced laparoscopic surgical procedures for patients with benign
and malignant disorders of the colon, rectum, and anus.
Minimally Invasive Surgery
Members of this division use laparoscopic surgical techniques to treat
patients with reflux, hernias and benign gallbladder problems. They also
perform a range of procedures to manage obesity and enable weight loss,
including bypass and sleeve gastrectomy.
Is the delivery of surgical care for patients with a critical illness
and other acute surgical problems.
The quality of care patients receive in the Lower Bucks Department of Anesthesia
is comparable to care found in university settings, using state-of-the-art
technologies and modern electronic monitoring to provide patients with
the ultimate in comfort and safety. Our Board Certified Anesthesiologists
are the leaders of an expert team of nurses and technicians, helping patients
through the surgical experience.
Lower Bucks Hospital performs thousands of surgical procedures each year
in more than 15 specialties. The primary reasons that the surgeons in
our region choose to bring their patients to Lower Bucks Hospital include:
- Outstanding anesthesia services
- Outstanding nursing and clinical staff
- Outstanding facilities and equipment
- Outstanding convenience and comfort
- Outstanding centralized location
We accept most types of insurance at Lower Bucks Hospital. If you have
questions if one of our providers is "in network" for your health
insurance plan, please contact your insurance company directly or you
may contact one of our Business Office Representatives at 215.785.9020
To schedule an appointment with a specialist at Lower Bucks Hospital General
Surgery Department, call (215) 785-9343