Surgery and Same-Day Surgery
General Surgery is a clinical discipline devoted to diagnosis and management of a broad range of diseases and conditions that may require surgical treatment.
To schedule an appointment with a specialist at Lower Bucks Hospital General Surgery Department, call 215-785-9343.
The scope of general surgery is vast and encompasses most of the major organ systems and tissues of the body, including the:
- Gastrointestinal tract (esophagus, stomach, intestines, and rectum)
- Abdomen and abdominal organs (gallbladder, pancreas, liver, and spleen)
- Skin and soft tissues
- Adrenal, thyroid and parathyroid glands
- Blood vessels (arteries and veins)
General surgeons are doctors who are board-certified as specialists in many different types of surgery. At Lower Bucks Hospital, our general surgeons are an important part of your care team.
Our operating rooms are equipped with the latest technology, including lasers, laparoscopes, microscopes, and video. These and other modalities are used to assist in surgery and help speed our patients’ recovery. When appropriate, many doctors and patients choose techniques that allow for same day surgery in our Outpatient Surgery Center. The convenient and efficient center includes sophisticated operating suites designed for the safety and comfort of our patients.
Lower Bucks Hospital Department of General Surgery provides surgical diagnosis, treatment and follow-up care for diseases and conditions in the colon, oral, and digestive systems of the body.
General surgeons perform some of the most common surgeries in our hospital. These include surgeries done in the abdomen—for example, if you need to have your appendix removed or get a hernia repaired, you’re likely to see a general surgeon for your procedure.
In addition, you may work with a general surgeon for diagnostic procedures, such as a biopsy (tissue sample).
Neurology is the branch of medicine that deals with the structure and function of the nervous system and the treatment of the diseases and disorders that affect it.
Lower Bucks Hospital’s board-certified, experienced neurologists use the latest clinical guidelines and state-of-the-art technologies to diagnose and treat patients with a range of neurological conditions.
Our physicians have a diverse range of sub-specialties, allowing us to serve the community with comprehensive neurological care. When necessary, the physicians also work closely with other specialists, to provide the best possible patient care.
Maximum Expertise in Minimally Invasive Surgery
The general surgery team at Lower Bucks Hospital has extensive experience with minimally invasive surgery. Unlike traditional open procedures done with a large incision, our surgeons can perform many surgeries with just a few tiny incisions. In some cases, you might have a surgery with no incision at all.
Lower Bucks Hospital Surgery Department offers an array of surgical procedures in many sub-specialties including, but not limited to:
- Diagnostic laparoscopy
- Neurosurgery & Neurology
- Hernia: Inguinal, Umbilical, All Incisional & Spigelian
- Gallbladder & Bile Duct Surgery
- Endocrine System
- Skin and Soft Tissue including Cancers
- Colon & Rectal Surgery
- Colonoscopy & Upper Endoscopy
- Thyroid & Parathyroid Surgery
- Gastric (Stomach) Resections for Cancer & Perforations
- Lymph Node Removal
- Mediport Placement
- Amputations of Limbs at All Levels
Common Surgeries Included:
A hernia is a weakness in the muscle-typically the abdominal wall-through which soft tissue is allowed to bulge. In many cases, your doctor will recommend simply monitoring a non-problematic hernia until it should become a danger. In other cases, surgery may be recommended to repair the hernia, replacing the displaced soft tissue.
A biopsy is a diagnostic tool that involves collecting a sample of tissue from a patient’s body in order to examine it under a microscope.
Removal of the Appendix, Gall Bladder or Spleen
In some cases, it is necessary for a surgeon to remove a patient’s organ such as the appendix, gall bladder, or spleen. A spleen may be removed due to organ failure or trauma. Appendix removal is the most common emergency abdominal surgery, and is recommended in cases where the appendix is infected and may rupture. Gallbladder removal may become necessary if a patient has a severely unhealthy diet or the organ becomes dysfunctional for another reason and is likely to fail, which could cause bile to leak into the stomach.
Laparoscopic Colon Resection
A colon resection or “colectomy” involves removal of the colon in whole or part, which is typically recommended as a treatment for certain diseases such as large polyps, diverticular disease, or colon/rectal cancer. This procedure may be performed using laparoscopic or minimally invasive techniques.
Our General Surgeons are Great Team Players
Our general surgeons work with many other specialists throughout our hospital. Through procedures like diagnostic laparoscopy, our general surgeons can work with gastroenterologists and gynecologists to pinpoint the cause of your abdominal symptoms.
General Surgery Divisions
- Colon and Rectal Surgery – Providing the latest in surgical diagnosis and treatments using the full range of surgical tools from open surgeries to minimally invasive endoscopic and advanced laparoscopic surgical procedures for patients with benign and malignant disorders of the colon, rectum, and anus.
- Minimally Invasive Surgery – Members of this division use laparoscopic surgical techniques to treat patients with reflux, hernias and benign gallbladder problems.
- Currently, we do not offer bypass and sleeve gastrectomy services or da Vinci Robotic Surgery at Lower Bucks Hospital, but our sister Hospital, Suburban Community Hospital (2701 Dekalb Pike, East Norriton, PA), does. Please, call Suburban Medical Group (610) 277-6131. They also perform a range of procedures to manage obesity and enable weight loss.
- Acute Surgery – Is the delivery of surgical care for patients with a critical illness and other acute surgical problems.
The quality of care patients receive in the Lower Bucks Department of Anesthesia is comparable to care found in university settings, using state-of-the-art technologies and modern electronic monitoring to provide patients with the ultimate in comfort and safety. Our Board Certified Anesthesiologists are the leaders of an expert team of nurses and technicians, helping patients through the surgical experience.
Lower Bucks Hospital performs thousands of surgical procedures each year in more than 15 specialties. The primary reasons that the surgeons in our region choose to bring their patients to Lower Bucks Hospital include:
- Outstanding anesthesia services
- Outstanding nursing and clinical staff
- Outstanding facilities and equipment
- Outstanding convenience and comfort
- Outstanding centralized location
We accept most types of insurance at Lower Bucks Hospital. If you have questions if one of our providers is “in network” for your health insurance plan, please contact your insurance company directly or you may contact one of our Business Office Representatives at 215-785-9020