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General Surgery

General Surgery

Dr Andreassian performs endoscopy, colonoscopy, and laparoscopic procedures.

"Our philosophy of patient care combines the use of state-of-the-art technology with strong patient support, beginning with thorough education about your illness, what your options are for treatment, and the expectations we have regarding participation in your recovery. Good communication between physicians, nursing staff and other services are vital to accomplishing a smooth recovery. Additionally, their care does not end when they leave the hospital. We maintain contact with the patient so that we can address any problems that may arise once they are at home." –Dr Andreassian

General surgery

General surgery is a surgical specialty that focuses on abdominal contents including stomach, small bowel, colon, liver, gall bladder and pancreas. It also includes breast surgery, hernia surgery, and endoscopy- both colonoscopy and upper GI endoscopy.

Renew Enhanced colon procedure

Enhanced colon surgery takes advantage of pharmacologic and technologic advances, combined with patient education and skilled nursing care. With this procedure patients recover more quickly and return to normal activities soon after surgery.

The renew program includes:

  • Pre-operative patient education
  • Minimally invasive surgical techniques
  • Optimal pain management
  • Dedicated nurses trained to work with colon surgery patients
  • Nurse navigator-care oversight and patient advocate
  • Private patient rooms
  • Emphasis on a speedy return to normal eating and physical activity
  • Caring, compassionate team focused on your renew experience

Breast surgery

Patients with breast disease are taken in hand and carefully walked through their treatment plan. Dr Andreassian’s goal is to reassure them that they will be taken care of by a group of caring, competent individuals and will not be left alone to deal with this frightening disease. Ample support will be made available at all stages of treatment.

Options include:

All patients who undergo breast surgery will have their case reviewed by a committee of surgeons, radiologists, pathologists, medical oncologists and radiation oncologists. This is part of our effort to provide high quality care and is free of charge to the patient.

Hernia surgery

Hernia surgery is the repair of a defect in the abdominal muscles that allows protrusion of the abdominal contents. Most inguinal hernias (the most common type) can be repaired through a small incision under local anesthesia with IV sedation. This is on average a 30 – 45 minute procedure and the patient is usually discharged shortly after the surgery.

Hernia information

Colonoscopy

Colonoscopy is the examination of the interior of the colon with a fiber optic instrument. This screening can be lifesaving. Colon cancer is highly treatable if detected early, and preventable when polyps are identified and removed before they can evolve into cancer. Colonoscopy patients are sedated with medications and will have no awareness of the procedure. When should I consider a colonoscopy?

  • Age 50
  • Age 40 with family history of colorectal cancer or polyps
  • Or 5 years earlier than age that family member was diagnosed with colon cancer
  • If I notice change in my bowel pattern or blood in my stool

Colonoscopy Information

EGD (Esophago-gastro Duodenoscopy)

EGD is an examination of the upper GI tract from the esophagus to the first part of the small intestine using a fiberoptic instrument. EGD patients are sedated with medications and will have no awareness of the procedure. When should I consider an EGD?

  • Pain in the upper abdomen
  • Black or tarry stools
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Persistent heartburn

EGD Information