General surgery is a medical specialty that necessitates its practitioners have a broad knowledge of many conditions and the effects they may have on the body. General surgeons are well equipped to diagnose and treat a wide variety of ailments. They receive extensive training after medical school, with hands-on residencies that give general surgeons practical, in-depth experience working on the digestive system, skin, breasts, organs of the abdomen and more to prepare them to perform complex surgeries of all types.
One area of general surgery in which we specialize is hernia repair. This can encompass a simple hernia repair—performed laparoscopically if possible—to push tissue that is protruding through an opening in the abdomen, groin or naval area back into place. It may also be highly complex surgery if the abdominal wall requires reconstruction. Once the tissue is returned to its original location, the weakened area of the wall must be strengthened with stitching or synthetic mesh to prevent the formation of another hernia.