Surgical Care for Special Needs
Illnesses or injuries can often be treated with relatively simple measures. Medication, rest, changes in diet, exercise or non-invasive therapy are some treatments. In other cases, surgery is necessary.
Commonly performed surgical procedures include:
- Hernia repair
- Stomach surgery
- Appendix removal
- Gall bladder removal
- Breast surgery
Some surgeries happen on short notice or in emergencies. Other surgeries are planned. Your primary care doctor will refer you to a general surgeon if surgery is needed. The surgeon helps you prepare if surgery is the best option. They use "minimally invasive" tools and techniques when possible for faster healing.
Minor surgery is performed in a doctor's office procedure room. Major surgery usually happens in a hospital or outpatient surgery center. You may go home the same day depending on your health and type of surgery. Or, you may require a stay in the hospital to recover.