General Surgery

What is General Surgery?

it is a surgical specialty focusing on surgical treatment of many areas of the body; the procedures offered should reflect the training and experience of a particular general surgeon.

General surgery involves the surgical treatment of many areas of the body including the aorta, appendix, arteries of the leg, bile duct, breast, carotid artery, chest, colon, esophagus, gallbladder, lung, hernia, rectum, stomach, small bowel, spleen, veins, wounds. General surgery can be performed through a traditional “open” incision or through several small incisions; this is called laparoscopic or minimally invasive surgery.

General Surgeons

Geoffrey H. Wilcox, MD, FACS and Michael D. Felix, MD, FACS are both board certified in general surgery, by the American Board of Surgery. They are the general surgeons of Surgical Associates of Sewickley and have the experience and expertise to offer a wide range of surgical services including general, vascular, advanced laparoscopic, thoracic and bariatric surgery. Their care is exemplified by superior surgical outcomes, a friendly, professional office staff and personal follow-up.

Surgical Associates of Sewickley

is the general surgery practice ofGeoffrey H. Wilcox, MD, FACSandMichael D. Felix, MD, FACS. Hope Bariatrics is part of that practice. Surgical Associates of Sewickley/Hope Bariatrics offices are open 9am-5pm Monday through Friday. For all your general surgery needs, call for an appointment: 412.741.8862.

Traditional or “Open” approach to Surgery

This means that a patient will usually have a large, single incision. Some types of surgery need to be done this way for safety reasons. Recovery time may be increased after an open surgery.

Laparoscopic or Minimally Invasive Surgery

This type of surgery, done through small incisions using special instruments, was developed in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. The first type of surgery done this way was gallbladder and appendix removal. Today, minimally invasive surgery is one of the most important parts of general surgery. Patients should be sure their surgeon has adequate experience performing minimally invasive surgery, before having a procedure.

Laparoscopic or Minimally Invasive Procedures offered by Dr. Wilcox and Dr. Felix:

PATIENT TESTIMONIAL
I have struggled with obesity for over fourteen years. I tried Weight Watchers, Optimum Weight Loss Center, Weight Loss programs with professionals, exercise programs, being hypnotized, Bible studies wanting to help people lose weight, the whole gamut. I felt like this struggle would never end. I HAVE to eat in order to survive but the feeling of being out of control when it came to food was never ending.

It wasn't until I walked into an introductory seminar for bariatrics in January 2014 that I truly found HOPE! As I sat and listened to the information being presented, I felt an excitement rising inside of me. HOPE Bariatrics was going to be my lifeline. I started making the appointments necessary to begin this process. I wasn't sure if I would qualify for this program, but I was going for it. As I began to go through the check list and six months of doctor visits, I grew more and more excited about it. I began going to the support group meetings and hearing the stories of others who had bypass surgery. I knew that this wasn't going to be a walk in the park, but I was ready.

It was at one of the support group meetings that I found out that a friend from church was also on this journey to have surgery. It was wonderful to have someone to go through this with. We found out that we were both approved through our insurance and a date was set. The SAME date, we would have surgery on the same day and share a room in the hospital together. Only God could work out something like that! The surgery went well and recovery was difficult, but every day I felt a little better. I had a whole new way of eating, drinking, taking vitamins and exercising. I needed to set alarms on my phone to remind me to take vitamins. I was now looking at labels to check for the amount of sugar, calories and protein. I needed be eating/drinking 60-80 grams of protein a day to help with the burning of fat.

With the support of those from HOPE Bariatrics, family, friends and those who have had the surgery, I have come a long way. I am one year out from my procedure and have gone down 14 sizes and 90 pounds. I have so much more energy and I feel better. I actually look forward to exercising and showing my kids that I can water/snow ski. I enjoy jumping on the trampoline and being active with them.

I know that I still have to follow the program and watch what and how much I eat. This will have to continue for the rest of my life, but it's worth it. I don't ever want to be obese again! If you are reading this and wondering if this is something you should do, I say, YES, DO IT! The only regret that I have is that I didn't do it years ago.
 

- Kristan



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