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
My weight issues started when I was going into my teenage years. When I got married and had two wonderful children my weight became even more out of control. Having two children and a lifelong battle with food, I finally decided that it was time to get my life and weight under control. I decided that it was time for me to under go gastric by-pass surgery. The morning I went in for my surgery I was not even a bit scared. I knew I was doing the right thing for myself. That's right FOR MYSELF! I weighed 263 lbs. that morning. 9 1/2 months later I weighed 138 lbs. I have gone from a size 22/24 to a size 4/6. Everyday is a challenge!! Some may think it was the easy way out. Those are the people who don't know what it is like to live on the other side of the scale. I would like to think I could be an inspiration to those who have had a life long battle with their weight, because I know what it is like on the other side. I no longer live on a diet. I live on what I now call "life". I said good-bye to my 20's and hello to the thin person that I have always wanted to be. Thank you Dr. Felix and your wonderfull staff. You gave me my life back. Sincerely, Cindy
 

- Cindy



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