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General Surgery Associates

On July 1st, Natchitoches Regional Medical Center opened its newest practice – General Surgery Associates. Conveniently located in the heart of Natchitoches, the practice further expands the hospital's surgery program ensuring round-the-clock outstanding general surgery services closer to home.

General surgeons, Dr. William A. Ball, Jr., and Dr. Damian DeFrancesch will see patients at their office at 740 Keyser Avenue, Suite D, for scheduled surgery patients and consultations, and they will also be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for emergency patient needs and emergency surgeries at the hospital. Their expertise includes traditional, laparoscopic and robotic surgery.

About Our Surgeons

William A. Ball, Jr., M.D., F.A.C.S.
• Graduate of LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport
• Completed General Surgery Internship and Residency at Medical College of Augusta, Georgia
• Board Certified in General Surgery by the American Board of Surgery

Damian DeFrancesch, M.D.
• Graduate of LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans
• Completed General Surgery Internship and Residency at John A. Burns School of Medicine in Honolulu, Hawaii, as well as a Surgical Critical Care Fellowship.
• Board Certified in General Surgery by the American Board of Surgery

General Surgeries

Abdominal Tumors
Appendectomies
Breast Biopsies
Breast Cancer Surgery (Lumpectomy and Mastectomy)
Cholecystectomy
Colonoscopies
Colon Surgeries
Colorectal Cancer
Diabetic Wound Care
Diverticulitis
Hernias (Inguinal, Incisional, Umbilical)
Hemorrhoids
Melanoma
Robotic Surgery (single site gallbladder removal, inguinal hernias, incisional hernias)
Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsies
Skin Grafts
Skin Cancer Surgery
Thryoid Surgery
And more

Most Insurance Accepted

General Surgery Associates accepts most insurance. For specific information, please contact the office at 318.354.2555.

For an Appointment

Office hours are Monday through Thursday, from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. For more information or an appointment, please call 318.354.2555.

In an emergency, Dr. Ball and Dr. DeFrancesch see patients at Natchitoches Regional Medical Center's Emergency Department and provide emergency consultations and surgery.