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General Surgery

Why choose Wayne Health for General Surgery?

Wayne Health’s General Surgery team has experience and specialized training in diagnosis and treatment of complex conditions and offers the most advanced treatment options. Our surgeons perform a wide range of complex and routine surgeries and will develop an individualized treatment plan for your condition.

Wayne Health surgeons also serve as faculty at the Wayne State University School of Medicine, sharing their knowledge of advanced surgical techniques and technologies with the next generation of physicians, and conducting research of new medical advancements benefitting our patients.

General Surgery services offered

  • Appendectomy
  • Biopsy
  • Cholecystectomy (gall bladder removal)
  • Colectomy (colon surgery)
  • Dialysis access
  • Esophagogastric fundoplasty (for GERD)
  • Exploratory surgery
  • Gastric bypass surgery
  • Gastrointestinal surgery (esophagus, stomach, intestines, liver, gallbladder, pancreas)
  • Hernia repair
  • Ileal pouch-anal anastomosis (IPAA)
  • Liver resection
  • Thyroidectomy
  • Whipple procedure

Risk Factors

General surgeons perform a variety of surgeries for different medical conditions that have specific risk factors. It is important to talk to your surgeon about your lifestyle and specific needs as you work with them to develop a treatment plan.

What will your surgeon want to know before surgery?

Your surgeon will want to know about any concerns you have before the surgery. Your surgeon will explain why surgery is needed, what it will involve, what its risks and expected outcome are, and how long it will take to recover.

Tell your surgeon about any surgery you’ve had. Include your recovery period and any problems.

Describe any health problems you have, such as:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart problems.
  • Lung problems.
  • Sleep apnea.
  • Asthma
  • Any allergies to foods, substances, anesthetics, or medicines.
  • Any bleeding problems or use of a blood thinner.
  • A recent cold, flu, or fever.
  • Metal implants or fragments in your body.

Tell your doctor about any tobacco, alcohol, drugs, medicines, vitamins, and supplements you use. These may affect your reaction to anesthesia or pain medicines.

Tell your surgeon if you are or might be pregnant. You may also be asked to fill out a form with questions about your past and current health

Our approach to treatment

At Wayne Health, a board-certified or board-eligible surgeon will lead an expert surgical team to ensure your safety and optimal outcomes. Our multidisciplinary approach often involves partnering with experts from other medical disciplines, such as gastroenterologists, specialty surgeons, radiologists and hepatologists.

We are at the forefront nationally in offering minimally invasive surgical techniques for a wide range of conditions. Our sophisticated Surgical Simulation Center was the first in Michigan certified to test surgical residents in the fundamentals of laparoscopic surgery through an exam administered by the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) and the American College of Surgeons (ACS). Your surgeon will talk with you about whether a minimally invasive procedure is possible and appropriate for your condition.

Wayne Health’s Bariatrics program provides patients with education and personalized support both before and after surgery. We understand that every patient has specific needs and we address these needs on an individual basis. Our mission is to guide our patients to a healthier, happier lifestyle. Wayne Health Bariatrics is affiliated with Harper University Hospital and the Wayne State University School of Medicine, one of the top medical schools in the nation.

Wayne Health Bariatrics offers a wide variety of laparoscopic weight loss procedures, including gastric sleeve and gastric bypass. We have been performing these operations since 2002 and are one of the most experienced programs in the state. Our surgeons are all members of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), two of the most prestigious surgical societies in the world.

Our office staff of clinical coordinators, nutritionists and others can assist you when questions arise both before and after your procedure. Our entire staff is committed to providing every patient with personal guidance, care and a lifetime of support to attain a healthy lifestyle.

Advancing research and medical education

Wayne Health physicians and researchers are also faculty at Wayne State University School of Medicine who conduct basic, translational and clinical research. This makes the latest treatments and clinical trials available to you sooner than other providers without a medical school affiliation, and before FDA approval or commercial availability.

As educators and researchers, our surgeons embrace change that benefits patients. Together with biomedical engineers in the futuristic Smart Sensors and Integrated Microsystems (SSIM) Lab, our surgeons are actively engaged in developing new treatment methods and technologies, and in teaching the next generation of surgeons, to accelerate progress toward the medicine and surgery of the future.

For more information, please visit the links below at the WSU School of Medicine.

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