General Surgery

General surgeons are required to possess knowledge of and responsibility for the preoperative, operative, and postoperative management of patients with a broad spectrum of diseases, including those which may require elective, or emergency surgical treatment.

General surgery includes procedures involving the breast, endocrine system, gastrointestinal tract, colon, liver, pancreas and rectum.

The general surgeons who operate at North Carolina Specialty Hospital perform laparoscopic procedures to treat a variety of medical conditions, such as hernia repairs, appendix and gallbladder removal, and procedures involving the colon. This minimally invasive approach allows surgery to be performed through small incisions utilizing cameras to visualize the inside of the abdomen. At NCSH our general surgeons may utilize a “mini laparoscopic” approach when appropriate. A “Mini Lap” allows for even smaller incisions, using smaller diameter cameras and instruments, than traditional laparoscopic surgeries.

The advantages of laparoscopic surgery for patients include less post-operative pain, quicker recovery periods, less risk of bleeding, and lower risk of infection.

Breast surgery performed at NCSH, by general surgeons; include treatment of benign and malignant breast disease. Those procedures include biopsies, breast conservation and oncoplastic surgery, mastectomies and sentinel lymph node biopsies.

Listed below are some of the General Surgery Procedures performed at NCSH:

  • Appendectomy
  • Hernia Repair (ventral, inguinal, incisional, umbilical)
  • Thyroidectomy
  • Colon Resections
  • Exploratory Laparotomy
  • Cholecystectomy
  • Excision of Cysts, Mass, or Lipoma
  • Port Placement
  • Muscle Biopsy
  • Excision of Pilonidal Cyst
  • Hemorrhoidectomy


  • Laparoscopic Hernia Repair
  • Laparoscopic Epi-Gastric Hernia Repair
  • Laparoscopic Colectomy
  • Hand Assisted Laparoscopic Colon Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy
  • Laparoscopic Appendectomy
  • Diagnostic Laparoscopy

Breast Surgery:

  • Breast biopsy (may include needle localization)
  • Mastectomy (with or without Breast Reconstruction)
  • Lumpectomy
  • Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy
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