Posted: January 11th, 2024
General Surgery at Natchitoches Regional Medical Center
Introduction to Natchitoches Regional Medical Center
Natchitoches Regional Medical Center (NRMC) offers many outstanding services including in the field of general surgery. Our board-certified general surgeons provide care for health concerns involving the breast, colon, gallbladder, stomach, appendix, rectum, esophagus, pancreas, skin, wounds, and more. These services are a cornerstone of the comprehensive care provided at NRMC.
Understanding General Surgery
General surgery is a broad medical field that deals with surgical treatments for various conditions affecting the abdomen, digestive tract, and other internal organs. It includes procedures like appendectomies, cholecystectomy, and surgeries for conditions like hernias and cancers including breast and colorectal cancer.
Key Services in General Surgery
NRMC’s general surgery department offers a diverse range of services, ensuring comprehensive care for patients. From diagnosing conditions to performing complex surgeries, the department is equipped to handle various medical needs.
Common and Specialized General Surgery Procedures
Some of the most common procedures in general surgery at NRMC include appendectomy, cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal), mastectomies, lumpectomies, biopsies, colorectal surgeries, esophageal surgeries and biopsies, abdominal tumors, or surgery for repairs of fistulas, hernias, and cysts.
Many people experience pain in the abdomen which can have many causes such as a blockage in the colon, diverticulitis, a fistula, a tear in the intestinal tract, a diseased appendix, or hernia, to name a few of the most common. General Surgery Associates’ surgeons are skilled at diagnosing and treating abdominal issues. If surgery is needed, they are highly skilled in traditional, laparoscopic, and robotic surgery.
Appendectomy: A Common Procedure
An appendectomy is the surgical removal of the appendix. When a person gets appendicitis, the infected organ needs to be removed immediately to prevent it from rupturing. If the appendix has ruptured, the patient needs emergency surgery. There are two ways to surgically remove the appendix: open, also called traditional surgery, and laparoscopically. Laparoscopic removal is less invasive but open surgery may be required if the patient arrives at the Emergency Room with an appendix that has already ruptured.
Breast Health: Biopsies and Surgeries
General Surgery Associates provides comprehensive breast care from diagnosis to treatment and if needed, surgery. Their expertise includes complex biopsies, lumpectomies, mastectomies, and the removal of benign and malignant cysts. They are part of NRMC’s Cancer Center physician team and are experienced in treating women with breast cancer.
Cholecystectomy: Treating Gallbladder Issues
Gallbladder disease affects many people in the region. Gallbladder removal becomes necessary when the gallbladder becomes infected; there is a chronic history of gallstones, or the bile duct becomes blocked or damaged, or gallstones are affecting the pancreas. Other causes include polyps and even cancer. During a cholecystectomy, NRMC Associates General Surgeons remove the gallbladder. This surgery is most commonly done laparoscopically and has a fairly quick recovery period.
Colon and Colorectal Surgeries
Colon surgeries are often needed to treat blockages in the colon, and diseases such as diverticulitis and cancer. NRMC General Surgery Associates are experienced in diagnosing and treating health issues related to the gastrointestinal tract. These surgeries are essential for treating various colon-related conditions.
General Surgery Associates plays a crucial role in diagnosing and treating digestive disorders. They often see patients for Gastrointestinal Reflux; esophageal tears, polyps, tumors; stomach ulcers; tumors and diseases affecting the colon; and other diseases that can occur in any part of the digestive tract.
Hernia Repairs: Types and Techniques
NRMC specializes in diagnosing and surgically performing hernia repairs, including inguinal, incisional, and umbilical hernias. Some hernias can be repaired laparoscopically and robotically, and others require open or traditional surgery.
Skin Cancer and Melanoma Surgeries
The general surgeons at NRMC General Surgery Associates are adept in performing biopsies and surgeries for skin cancers including melanoma, basil cells, and squamous cells. They can also perform skin grafts following a traumatic injury including burns. They are also well-trained and experienced in wound care for people with chronic wounds.
Advancements in Robotic Surgery
The surgeons with General Surgery Associates are well-trained and experienced in Robotic surgery. This robotic-assisted surgery technique can be used for highly complex surgeries, but it is also beneficial for other surgeries and offers a less invasive surgery for state-of-the-art technique, is utilized at NRMC for procedures like gallbladder removal and hernia repairs. This technology enhances precision and reduces recovery time.
Emergency Surgical Services at NRMC
NRMC’s General Surgery Associates are available 24/7 for emergency surgeries. They collaborate closely with ER providers to ensure timely and effective surgical interventions.
Quality of Care in General Surgery
At NRMC, the entire surgery team focuses on patient safety and quality outcomes. Stringent protocols are in place regarding infection control and patient safety before, during, and after surgery.
Future of General Surgery at NRMC
The future of NRMC continues to focus on ensuring the community has access to excellent surgical services. With outstanding general surgeons on its staff coupled with a well-trained and experienced Surgery Department at NRMC, families in the region can get excellent care close to home.
Natchitoches Regional Medical Center is dedicated to providing top-tier general surgery services, marked by advanced techniques, a wide range of procedures, and patient-centered care. Its commitment to excellence in healthcare is unwavering. Click here for more information on the NRMC General Surgery Services.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What types of surgeries are considered general surgery at NRMC? General surgery at NRMC includes a wide range of procedures such as appendectomies, breast surgeries, cholecystectomy, colonoscopies, and more.
- How does NRMC handle emergency surgeries? NRMC’s General Surgery Associates are on-call 24/7 to collaborate with ER providers and perform emergency surgeries as needed.
- What advanced surgical techniques are used at NRMC? NRMC utilizes advanced techniques including laparoscopic, robotic surgery, and open or traditional surgery.
- Are there specialized surgeons for breast and skin cancer surgeries at NRMC? Yes, NRMC has general surgeons who have specialized medical and surgical training in cancer care, including cancers affecting the gastrointestinal tract, breast, and skin.
- What is the recovery process like for major surgeries at NRMC? Recovery varies depending on the surgery, but NRMC focuses on comprehensive care and support throughout the recovery process.
- How does NRMC ensure the quality of its general surgery services? NRMC measures all aspects of the patient experience to help ensure good patient outcomes. Using best practices, ensuring a well-trained surgery team, having outstanding general surgeons, and always focusing on achieving a good outcome and patient experience, NRMC ensures the quality of care is a top priority.
Natchitoches Regional Medical Center stands as a pillar of excellence in general surgery, offering a wide array of procedures and advanced techniques. The commitment to patient care and the continuous evolution of services ensures that NRMC remains at the forefront of surgical healthcare.