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:

I had type II diabities, was taking 7 medications, weighed 360 pounds, had tried to lose weight for years and failed. My doctor had suggested bariatric surgery more than once to me before I made up my mind to change my life for the better. I wanted to live to enjoy grandchildren and to see retirement. I've coached football for over 25 years and even my players were worried about how big I'd gotten. I couldn't effeciently coach because I couldn't run and bend and do the things I needed to do to teach them. After the surgery they were very supportive, as was my friend at work, she had a family member that had the surgery, and she made me realize how important how the exercise part was afterwards. She did the spin cycle, I ride my stationary bike everyday, ab-circle, and use the weight bench. I went back to work 11 days after my surgery, coached football 5 days every week, exercised, and followed the meal plan exactly. I now wear size 36 pants, I used to wear size 46. I lost 102 pounds in 5 months. I'd like to thank Dr. Sneeringer and Dr. Felix and his great staff, my family, and especially my wife for all the support they have given me, I have a new lease on live, and look forward to the future and all the good things to come. Bob

- Bob

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