General Surgery

Brightside General Surgery provides a comprehensive variety of surgical procedures.

Our Surgical Procedures

Hiatal Hernias & Reflux

Many people suffer from heartburn or GERD. This can be treated medically, however some people are candidates for a minimally invasive (laparoscopic) surgery. This procedure may ultimately allow a person to stop taking many medications which are used to treat reflux or heartburn.

Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy)

Gallbladder disease is very common in the US, and removal of the gallbladder is the most common surgery performed by general surgeons. Stones can form in your gallbladder which cause pain, nausea and can lead to complications. Gallbladder removal is done outpatient and minimally invasively to prevent future episodes.

Abdominal Hernia Repair

General surgeons perform surgery on the stomach, small and large intestine, gallbladder,  appendix,  adhesions or scar tissue from previous surgery causing bowel obstructions,  tumors which are cancerous or benign of any structure in abdomen, and also assist other surgeons such as Gynecologist or Urologist,  in procedures that they may perform.

Skin Lesion removal

There are many types of skin lesions (cysts, masses, lipomas, skin cancers) that are typically recommended for removal. This can often be done in the office.

Breast Surgery

Partial or complete breast removal is very common. Sometimes this is done for growing or painful benign masses, or for suspicious lesions or cancer. Our breast surgeons work with a team of other physicians to give you comprehensive breast care.

Colonoscopy

Colon cancer is very common, and rates are continuing to increase. Screening colonoscopies are now recommended starting at age 45.

Colon Removal

Diverticulitis, colon cancer and inflammatory bowel disease are common reasons to have a portion of your colon removed. Minimally invasive approaches can be used to quicken your recovery.

Hemorrhoid Surgery

Hemorrhoids are very common and can cause pain, bleeding and difficulty with hygiene. When non-operative measures fail to control symptoms, surgery may be offered to control your symptoms.

Appendix removal

Appendectomy (removal of the appendix) is often done in the hospital setting after this becomes inflamed.

Thyroid/parathyroid

Enlarged thyroid glands, or nodules are common reasons to consider removing part or all of your thyroid gland. Nodules are monitored and biopsied, and sometimes recommended for removal if concern for cancer. Parathyroid glands can become overactive and cause elevated calcium levels which can lead to many symptoms and harm your body long term. Surgery is typically recommended as a cure.

Other

General surgeons perform surgery on the esophagus, stomach, small and large intestine, gallbladder, appendix, adhesions or scar tissue from previous surgery causing bowel obstructions, tumors which are cancerous or benign of any structure in abdomen, and also assist other surgeons such as Gynecologist or Urologist, in procedures that they may perform. If you are looking for more information on a surgery you do not see listed here; please contact our office to enquire further, as these may still be offered.

Derek Kane, MD, FACS
Rebecca Swenson, DO, FACS

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