General Surgery Specialist

Family Health Center of Bastrop

Multi-Specialty Medical Group in Bastrop & Smithville, TX

General surgery is a specialty that includes operations in your core region, including your abdomen and pelvis. At Family Health Center of Bastrop, in Bastrop and Smithville, Texas, the skilled team performs many types of general surgery and helps you prepare for the operation and recovery. For more information on available forms of general surgery, call Family Health Center of Bastrop or schedule an appointment online today.

General Surgery Q & A

What is general surgery?

General surgery refers to any operation that targets and treats the organs in your abdominal region. At Family Health Center of Bastrop, the skilled team can perform general surgery to operate on your:

  • Digestive tract (esophagus)
  • Gastrointestinal system
  • Vascular system
  • Endocrine system
  • Pelvic organs
  • Breast tissue, soft tissue, and skin

General surgeons assess your condition before recommending and performing surgery. They also help you adequately prepare for your operation and navigate your recovery period after the surgery. Most of the time, the team at Family Health Center of Bastrop only recommends surgery when other treatment options don’t effectively ease your symptoms, treat your injury, or cure your condition. 

What are some common types of general surgery?

General surgery is a broad field encompassing a wide range of different surgical treatments and invasive procedures. Your provider explains which type of surgery you need and how it will improve your condition or quality of life. Typical forms of general surgery include:

  • Appendectomy: removing your appendix
  • Bypass surgery: repairing a blocked coronary artery
  • Wound debridement: removing debris and diseased tissue from a wound
  • Hysterectomy: removing your uterus
  • Hernia repairs: repairing intestinal protrusions
  • Mastectomy: breast tissue removal

There are many other types of general surgery, including diagnostic biopsies. During a biopsy, your provider removes a section of tissue from an organ to test it for abnormal cellular changes or cancer. If your provider recommends surgery, it’s usually because it is necessary to preserve your health or advance your treatment in some way.

How should I prepare for general surgery?

The team at Family Health Center of Bastrop helps you prepare for your specific type of surgery. Following all of the steps in your preparation plan reduces your chances of surgical complications and side effects. It can also help you recover more quickly so you can get back to life as usual. Preparing for general surgery might require:

  • Fasting for some time before surgery
  • Stopping smoking before your surgery
  • Avoiding medications like ibuprofen and aspirin that thin your blood
  • Undergoing blood tests, X-rays, and other diagnostic services
  • Wearing loose-fitting clothes
  • Bathing or showering before your surgery

Many types of general surgery require general anesthesia, which puts you to sleep while your surgeon operates. Because of your sedation, you may need to book a ride to your surgery and back home in advance since you won’t be able to drive yourself home safely. The team tells you the significance of each step in your preparation and can answer your surgery questions in detail. 

To find out if surgery is necessary for your situation, call Family Health Center of Bastrop, or book an appointment online to review general surgery options today.