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Treatment of Meckel’s Diverticulum

Surgeons treat acquired as well as congenital conditions. One of the most common congenital problems is a Meckel’s Diverticulum. Although this condition typically presents in childhood, it can on occasion present in adults. This is usually a small out pouching of tissue that develops along the small intestine, about two feet from the colon. A…

Small Bowel Resection

A small bowel resection is most commonly part of another procedure. One of the most common procedures that might include a small bowel resection is a ventral hernia repair requiring extensive lysis or removal of adhesions and scar tissue. The small bowel may be necrotic or damaged during the procedure and require resection. Rarely patients…

Placement of Feeding Tubes

Unfortunately, there are numerous reasons why patients might lose the ability to eat. Some reasons include oral or esophageal cancer, Lou Gehrig’s disease, stroke, advanced Alzheimer’s disease, prolonged intubation, head trauma, or extensive oral and facial surgery. Whatever the reason, people who can’t eat need to find another way to acquire the nutrients that they…

Dialysis Catheter Placement

Ideally, a nephrologist or kidney doctor will monitor patients with kidney disease. The kidneys are responsible for filtering toxins from the bloodstream as well as controlling the amount of various ions in the blood, such as sodium, potassium, and chloride. If a patient’s renal function begins to decline, a vascular surgeon will place a fistula…

Central Line Placement

Anyone who has visited the hospital knows what it is like to have an intravenous(IV) line placed. It can be a challenging process that sometimes requires several attempts. Intravenous access is necessary for medications, fluids, and sometimes nutrition. While some patients have very small or a lack of arm veins, other patients require very caustic…

Appendectomy

A general surgeon is trained to perform a wide variety of procedures. One of the most common surgical procedures performed in the country is an appendectomy or the removal of an appendix. While this is a common surgical procedure, it can be complex. Furthermore, some people don’t realize initial signs and symptoms of appendicitis. When…

Port Placement

Patients who need chronic medications, intravenous fluids or frequent, lifelong blood draws may benefit from port placement. A port is a central line connected to a small, encapsulated receptacle of silicon or plastic. The catheter is placed in a similar fashion to a central line and tunneled into place. The receptacle of material or “port”…

Ventral Hernia Repair

A hernia is a weakness that results in movement of an organ or structure where it shouldn’t normally exist. Examples include a herniated disk in the back or an inguinal hernia in the groin. In most cases a layer of strong connective tissue or fascia is disrupted, creating the area of weakness. There are many…

Ostomy Creation and Reversal

An ostomy refers to creating an opening in an organ and connecting it to the skin. For example, a colostomy connects the colon with skin. A patient’s stool is then diverted from the rectum to the plastic bag surrounding the colostomy site. A urostomy is used to divert urine from the ureter to the skin…

Management of Small Bowel Obstruction

A small bowel obstruction is a blockage of the small bowel that prevents enteric contents from progressing to the colon for elimination. Patients experience abdominal pain, usually with nausea and vomiting. Often patients notice no or several diminished gas and a lack of bowel movements. There are three explanations for small bowel obstructions- internal causes,…

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