General Surgery

Fisher-Titus Medical Center’s highly qualified physicians and surgical staff utilize their expertise and state-of-the-art technology to perform some of the most advanced surgical techniques, from minimally invasive surgeries which require smaller incisions and less anesthesia, to more complex surgeries such as colon resections.

While general surgeons perform a wide range of surgeries, the word “general” may be misleading. These highly skilled surgeons focus predominantly on the torso region, operating on organs such as the stomach, bowels, colon, liver, pancreas, appendix or gallbladder, as well as dealing with diseases involving the skin, breast, soft tissue, and hernias.

When all or part of an organ is removed, the general surgeon must recreate the body system without the part removed. Because of this, general surgeons have a very thorough understanding of anatomy and physiology in order to recreate normal or near normal function with the organs that remain.

Some General Surgery procedures that our expert surgical team performs include:

  • Hernia repairs: A hernia is the bulging or bursting of an organ through the wall of the cavity that usually encloses it. There are different kinds of hernias, each demanding an exact treatment. The most common hernia develops in the abdomen, when a flaw in the abdominal wall changes into a hole, or “defect,” through which organs may push. Other common hernias involve the groin or inguinal area.
  • Laparoscopic cholecystectomy: Cholecystectomy is the removal of the gallbladder. The standard procedure is a laparoscopic cholecystectomy, supplanting an open cholecystectomy as the typical treatment for gallstones and an inflamed gallbladder.
  • Colon restrictions: The large intestine, or colon, is the lower part of the digestive tract. Diseases of the colon are common, and almost one million of these procedures are performed in the United States each year. A colon resection is scheduled when colon cancer, serious gastrointestinal issue or a large bowel obstruction is found. During the procedure, the unhealthy section of the bowel is removed and the two healthy sections of the colon are connected. This is called an end-to-end anastomosis.
  • Breast biopsies: A breast biopsy involves removing a small sample of breast tissue which is examined under a microscope to test for breast cancer. A breast biopsy is often performed to check a lump found during a breast examination.
  • Mastectomy: A mastectomy is the surgical removal of one or both breasts, either partially or completely, to treat or prevent breast cancer. It is usually performed only in high-risk patients.
  • Sentinel node biopsies: A sentinel lymph node biopsy is a surgery that removes lymph node tissue to test for cancer, and the procedure may be done instead of a more extensive surgery called lymph node dissection. The sentinel lymph node is often the first location on the body where cancer cells may be easily found.
  • Laparoscopic surgeries: While general surgery procedures traditionally use a large abdominal incision, many procedures can now be performed laparoscopically. During laparoscopic surgery,  small cameras are inserted into tiny incisions so the surgeon can view the internal structures on a monitor. The surgeon then operates via surgical instruments inserted into the small incisions with the aid of the monitor. Laparoscopic procedures generally reduce blood loss, reduce the risk of incision infection and reduce wound healing time.
  • da Vinci Robotic Surgery: The da Vinci System consists of a surgeon’s console that is in the same room as the patient and a patient-side cart with interactive robotic arms controlled from the console. The surgeon sits at the console and looks through two eye holes at a 3-D image of the procedure, meanwhile maneuvering the arms with two foot pedals and two hand controllers. The da Vinci System scales, filters and translates the surgeon's hand movements into more precise micro-movements of the instruments, which operate through small incisions in the body.  The robot is approved for over 140 surgical procedures, many that can be performed right here at Fisher-Titus, including general surgery, gynecological, urological, thoracic and ENT procedures.  This minimally invasive robotic approach provides our surgeons with enhanced precision, dexterity and control, benefiting patients with less pain, less blood loss, faster recovery and a quicker return to daily activities.  Click here to learn more about da Vinci Robotic Surgery.  


Michael Nill, M.D., FACS
Farid H. Said, M.D., FACS
Eric R. Schmidt, M.D., FACS






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