General surgeons at Northern Nevada Medical Group specialize in the comprehensive care of surgical patients. They perform a variety of open, laparoscopic and minimally-invasive surgical procedures and collaborate with a variety of other specialists to provide you with the care you need. Surgical procedures include, but are not limited to:
- Abdominal wall hernias
- Biliary pancreatic disorders
- Breast disease
- Colorectal disease
- Cutaneous and Subcutaneous lesions
- Gastric disorders
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Lipomas (noncancerous soft tissue growth)
- Paronychia (infected finger/toe nails)
- Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy
- Perianal Crohn's disease
- Peritoneal catheters
- Pigmented nevi (benign moles)
- Spleen disorder
- Sebaceous cysts
- Thyroid and parathyroid surgery
- Upper and lower endoscopy
- Venous disease lower extremity
Surgeons at NNMG perform a number of general surgery procedures using the da Vinci® Surgical System. This minimally invasive technique can help reduce pain, decrease blood loss, lower the risk of infection, shorten the length of hospital stays and promote quicker recoveries with less scarring. Though the da Vinci Surgical System is "robotic," your surgeon is in control.
General surgery procedures that can be performed using robot-assisted surgery include:
- Cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal)
- Colon resection
- Hiatal hernia repair
- Inguinal hernia repair
- Umbilical hernia repair
- Ventral hernia repair
Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication (TIF)
This procedure is used to treat Acid Reflux Disease, also known as Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), which affects millions of Americans. Heartburn is the most common symptom. TIF is less invasive because it requires neither internal incisions nor dissection. Most patients go home the next day and can return to work and most normal activities within a few days. Clinical studies have shown that after two years, the majority of TIF patients no longer need daily acid reflux medications and return to eating foods that they could not previously tolerate.
Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery
Various benign and malignant diseases of the colon and rectum are amenable to laparoscopic, or minimally invasive, approaches. Smaller incisions can make for less scarring and a more rapid return to normal activities. This is only part of the complete colorectal program we offer. Other services include colonoscopy, the latest techniques in the management of perianal problems and comprehensive management of inflammatory bowel disease.
Breast Biopsy and Surgery
An important tool in the diagnosis of breast cancer, ultrasound-guided biopsies can confirm mammography findings that may indicate a malignant growth. Lumpectomy and mastectomy are surgical options in the event of a cancer diagnosis. Lumpectomy is breast-conserving surgery that is less invasive, but often involves additional radiation therapy. Mastectomy is the surgical removal of the entire breast. Breast reconstruction can be achieved through several surgical procedures.
Radiofrequency Ablation for Venous Insufficiency
More than 25 million people in the United States suffer from symptomatic venous insufficiency, which often results in varicose veins. This condition progressively damages the valves of the saphenous vein and cosmetically disfigures the leg. The Venefit® procedure can correct venous insufficiency and improve the quality of life for those who suffer from it. The procedure uses radiofrequency energy to treat patients with less bruising and pain than other alternative treatments.
*Individual results may vary. There are risks associated with any surgical procedure. Talk with you doctor about these risks to find out if robotic surgery is right for you.