Comprehensive Surgical Care for the Southwest Region
Rural Surgical Associates is committed to providing quality comprehensive surgical services. At Rural Surgical Associates, our patients receive comprehensive care from expert medical teams that focus not only on specific diseases and disorders, but also on caring for the whole person. Some of our surgical specialties include:
Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery
Laparoscopic surgery, also called minimally invasive or keyhole surgery, is a technique in which operations are performed far from their target location through small incisions elsewhere in the body. A thin, lighted tube is inserted through the small incision to look at the targeted abdominal organs. Laparoscopy is used to find problems such as cysts, adhesions, fibroids, and infection. Tissue samples can be taken for biopsy through the tube (laparoscope).
A colonoscopy is an exam of the entire colon with a colonoscope, which is a slender, flexible tube with a camera on the end. Patients are given medication to help prevent pain and discomfort during the procedure. If your doctor finds any small growths (polyps), they are destroyed. If a polyp is large enough, tissue can be retrieved and sent for biopsy to determine the exact type of the polyp.
A hernia is a bulge or sac of intestine, another organ or fat which protrudes through a hole or weak area in the muscles of the abdominal wall. There are several types of hernias that are classified based on the severity and location of the hernia. Whenever possible, we offer laparoscopic hernia repair, using the latest techniques available.
An Appendectomy is the surgical removal of the appendix. This procedure is most often performed as an emergency operation. In some patients undergoing abdominal surgery for another reason, may have their appendix removed so that appendicitis does not develop in the future.
GI Surgery can be performed on either the upper or lower gastrointestinal tract. Upper GI surgery involves treating diseases of the gall bladder, liver and pancreas, esophagus, stomach and large intestine. Lower gastrointestinal surgery includes colorectal surgery as well as surgery of the small intestine.
Colorectal surgery addresses such conditions such as rectal cancer, hemorrhoids, anal fissures, diverticulitis, and infections of the anus.
Breast surgery is most commonly performed on patients with breast cancer. At Rural Surgical Associates, you will find dedicated breast cancer specialists who provide expert, personalized care using the latest treatment innovations and technology.
A cyst s a fluid-filled lump, which can be located anywhere on the body. An abscess means that infection is present in the cyst. These often heal on their own, but if they do not then a minor surgery is needed to drain them.
A biopsy is an examination of tissue removed from a living body to discover the presence, cause, or extent of a disease. If the tissue needed for the biopsy is inside the body, often laparoscopic surgery is performed to obtain it. The tissue sample is then sent to a lab for analysis, so that further treatment can be performed if necessary.
A chest tube is a hollow, flexible tube placed into the chest, acting as a drain. Chest tubes drain blood, fluid, or air from around the lungs, heart, or esophagus. A chest tube may be used after surgery on organs or tissues in the chest cavity.