General Surgery

General Surgery
While Dr. Mauricio Heilbron of Encore Surgery and Aesthetics in Los Alamitos, California, is a vascular surgery specialist, he’s also certified as a trauma and general surgeon. If you’re facing elective surgery for one of many conditions, Dr. Heilbron is the obvious choice for superior surgical care. Call the office today, or book an appointment online for a consultation.

General Surgery Q & A

What is general surgery?

The American Board of Surgery describes general surgery as a discipline that covers knowledge of a wide spectrum of disease, including those that may not need surgical treatment, as well as conditions that require emergency surgery and others that are elective in nature. A general surgeon is familiar with pre and postoperative management, as well as the surgical procedures.

As you’d expect, a general surgeon must demonstrate comprehensive knowledge across an expansive range of body systems as well as surgical techniques. There’s also an emphasis on team-based care for surgical patients, and requirements for particular skills and knowledge for the clinical care of certain patient groups, including the terminally ill and geriatric patients.

What are the most common general surgery procedures?

Among the most common surgical procedures performed in the United States are:

  • Appendectomy: Removing the appendix due to acute inflammation
  • Breast biopsies: Full and partial mastectomies
  • Hernia repairs: Usually due to intestines protruding through groin muscles
  • Hemorrhoidectomy: Removal of distended veins in the rectum or anus
  • Gall bladder removal: Surgery to remove gall bladder
  • Lipoma and other benign tumor removal: Surgical removal of tumors

Do all general surgeons perform every general surgery procedure?

While in theory, the broad range of knowledge needed for general surgery certification means that a general surgeon is familiar with many types of surgery, in practice, even general surgeons tend to specialize, whether through their own personal interests or the reputations they develop for certain procedures.

For example, Dr. Heilbron often performs tumor removals, which is, in itself, a broad category of surgery, since benign and cancerous tumors take many forms and occur in many places in the body. He’s also known for his skill with cholecystectomy, more commonly known as gallbladder removal. The gallbladder can become infected, filled with gallstones, or cancerous, requiring its removal.

Dr. Heilbron also performs comparatively minor surgeries such as lipoma removal, the extraction of sometimes painful but harmless pockets of fatty tissue.

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