You shouldn’t have to travel far for a general procedure, and residents of Faulkner County don’t have to. From hernia repair and gallbladder removal to trauma treatment and wound care, Baptist Health Medical Center-Conway offers a broad range of general surgical procedures provided by central Arkansas’s most exceptional physicians. To schedule an appointment or learn more about the procedures we perform, call 888-227-8478, or click here to see a complete list of our specialists.
Gallbladder Disease Treatment
The gallbladder is responsible for storing bile, which is used to break down fat. Gallbladder disease occurs when the gallbladder becomes inflamed or irritated and gall stones, polyps or cancer develops. Those with a gallbladder disease may experience pain in the abdomen, nausea, fever, chronic diarrhea, jaundice or a change in bowel movements.
Treatment for gallbladder disease depends on the condition. If the condition is serious, a cholecystectomy, or gallbladder removal surgery, may be performed. The body can easily function without a gallbladder. Instead of the gallbladder storing bile, it will simply move straight from the liver to the small intestine. Milder gallbladder conditions are usually treated with medication.
Common gallbladder conditions include:
- Gall Stones
- Gallbladder Inflammation
- Gallbladder Infection
- Gallbladder Polyps
When an organ pushes through an opening in the muscle or tissue that should be holding it in place, a hernia occurs. Muscle weakness or strain is often to blame, and hernias are typically seen in the abdomen and groin area. In some cases, patients experience no hernia symptoms. Many see small bulges in the skin, or experience pain or discomfort near the hernia.
While most hernias are not life-threatening, the condition won’t resolve itself. If left untreated, more serious conditions may develop. If your hernia is painful or your physician believes it will worsen, either open surgery or laparoscopic surgery will be necessary. Hernia surgeries are usually outpatient procedures, and the recovery time is short.
A colectomy is the removal of all or part of the colon. This procedure may be performed for a variety of reasons, including unmanageable bleeding, colon cancer, Crohn’s disease, diverticulitis or bowel obstruction. The operation may also be used as a preventive treatment for those with a high risk of colon cancer. After the complete or partial colon is removed, additional procedures will also be performed to bring the remainder of your digestive tract back together, or attach the end of your colon to an opening in your abdomen called a stoma.
Types of colectomy include:
- Open colectomy
- Laparoscopic colectomy
Other General Surgery Services Offered:
Thyroid & Parathyroid Treatment
Dialysis Access (Vascular and Peritoneal)
Nissen Fundoplication (Treatment for Reflux)
Infusion Ports Care