General Surgery Patient Education Center

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All Treatments

Appendectomy   Cirrhosis

Appendectomy

Explains watchful waiting and surgery (laparoscopic and open surgery) for appendicitis, and provides recovery instructions. Covers anesthesia care, risks and complications, and when to call the doctor.

 

Cirrhosis

Explains signs and symptoms of cirrhosis and how it affects the liver. Covers your evaluation and diagnostic tests and offers tips to manage this disease.

ERCP   Gallstones

ERCP

Covers diagnosis and treatment of bile duct blockages, including preparation instructions, the ERCP procedure, and aftercare tips.

 

Gallstones

Offers treatment overview for gallstones, including medication, ERCP and surgery. Also covers causes and symptoms of gallstones, diagnostics (ultrasound, x-rays, blood tests, ERCP), and tips for low-fat eating.

Gastritis   Helicobacter Pylori

Gastritis

Covers common symptoms and tests, including endoscopy and a series of barium x-rays. Also discusses treatment with medications and foods to avoid.

 

Helicobacter Pylori

Explains how H. pylori bacteria cause ulcers and the current treatment. Includes information on evaluation and tests, medication use, when to call the doctor, and tips for successful treatment.

Hepatitis C   Hiatal Hernia

Hepatitis C

Explains causes and symptoms of hepatitis C and how it spreads. Covers diagnosis and treatment, self-care, and how to monitor your condition. Offers tips to prevent infection.

 

Hiatal Hernia

Covers possible symptoms of hiatal hernia and describes diagnostic tests. Also includes self-care advice for treating symptoms and tips for pain relief.

Inguinal Hernia Surgery   Laparoscopic Fundoplication

Inguinal Hernia Surgery

Explains causes and locations of inguinal (groin) hernias and your experience from pre-op through recovery. Covers risks, complications, when to call the doctor and pain management. Illustrations clarify surgical details.

 

Laparoscopic Fundoplication

Covers laparoscopic surgery to treat Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), including risks and complications and when to call the doctor. Explains causes and symptoms, diagnostic tests, and lifestyle changes.

Laparoscopic Gallbladder Surgery   Liver Biopsy

Laparoscopic Gallbladder Surgery

Explains gallbladder problems and your experience from diagnosis through surgery and recovery. Covers benefits of laparoscopy, converting to open surgery, risks and complications, and when to call the doctor.

 

Liver Biopsy

Discusses reasons for liver biopsy, the risks and complications, preparation instructions, and your procedure experience. Also includes home recovery instructions and when to call the doctor.

Open Gallbladder Surgery   Pancreatitis

Open Gallbladder Surgery

Explains gallbladder problems and your experience from diagnosis through surgery and recovery. Covers pre- and post-op instructions, risks and complications, when to call the doctor, and pain management after surgery.

 

Pancreatitis

Covers causes and symptoms of acute pancreatitis, diagnostics (blood tests, ultrasound, CT scan, ERCP), hospital treatment, and home recovery. Also discusses complications of, and treatment for, chronic pancreatitis.

Umbilical Hernia Surgery   Ventral Hernia Surgery

Umbilical Hernia Surgery

Explains causes and locations of umbilical hernias and your experience from pre-op through recovery. Covers risks, complications, when to call the doctor and pain management. Illustrations clarify surgical details.

 

Ventral Hernia Surgery

Explains causes and locations of ventral (abdominal) hernias and your experience from pre-op through recovery. Covers risks, complications, when to call the doctor and pain management. Illustrations clarify surgical details.

Gastric Banding   Roux-en-Y-Gastric Bypass

Gastric Banding

Explains laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding, its risks and complications, pre- and post-op care, and when to call the doctor. Focuses on home recovery, healthy weight loss, dehydration and support systems.

 

Roux-en-Y-Gastric Bypass

Explains Roux-en-Y-Gastric Bypass, risks and complications, pre- and post-op care, and when to call the doctor. Focuses on home recovery, healthy weight loss, dehydration and support systems.

Lumpectomy   Mastectomy

Lumpectomy

Explains breast cancer stages, treatment with lumpectomy, risks, complications and when to call the doctor. Helps you understand radiation, chemotherapy, and psychological and social aspects of living with cancer.

 

Mastectomy

Helps you understand breast cancer stages, types of mastectomy, implant reconstruction, treatment risks and possible complications, and when to call the doctor. Also covers radiation, chemotherapy and living with cancer.

Percutaneous Breast Biopsy   Surgical Breast Biopsy

Percutaneous Breast Biopsy

Details your experience and explains results for fine-needle aspiration and image-guided core needle biopsy (percutaneous biopsies). Explains risks, complications, when to call the doctor, and breast health screening guidelines.

 

Surgical Breast Biopsy

Details your experience and explains results for open and large core surgical biopsies. Covers risks, complications, when to call the doctor, and breast health screening guidelines.

Bronchoscopy   Mediastinoscopy: Lymph Node Biopsy

Bronchoscopy

Details common diagnostics (FNA and thoracentesis) for suspected lung problems, including masses, infections and diseases. Covers risks, complications, recovery, when to call the doctor and getting your test results.

 

Mediastinoscopy: Lymph Node Biopsy

Details mediastinoscopy to biopsy lymph nodes and diagnose lung problems. Covers risks and complications, pre- and post-op instruction, recovery, and when to call the doctor. Also discusses test results.

Thoracic Percutaneous Biopsy   Thoracoscopy

Thoracic Percutaneous Biopsy

Discusses two methods to biopsy lung tissue or fluid: Fine needle aspiration or thoracentesis. Covers causes and symptoms, preparation, patient experience, risks and complications, and when to call the doctor.

 

Thoracoscopy

Overview of the thoracoscopy procedure, including risks, complications and when to call the doctor. Evaluation (imaging, biopsy, lung function tests) and treatment option information helps you know what to expect.

Thoracotomy   VATS: Lung Biospy

Thoracotomy

Overview of the thoracotomy procedure, including risks, complications and when to call the doctor. Evaluation (imaging, biopsy, lung function tests) and treatment option information helps you know what to expect.

 

VATS: Lung Biospy

Details video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) to diagnose lung masses and diseases. Covers risks and complications, pre- and post-op instruction, recovery, and when to call the doctor. Also discusses test results.

Colon resection (for diverticulosis/diverticulitis)   Colonoscopy

Colon resection (for diverticulosis/diverticulitis)

Explains how diverticula become inflamed and are treated through medical and dietary management and surgery. Covers diagnostic tests, surgery risks and complications, and tips for increased fiber and fluid intake.

 

Colonoscopy

Explains how and why colonoscopy is done and covers your experience. Includes information on risks and complications, pre-test instructions, and follow up.

Colorectal Resection (for cancer and polyps)   GI Endoscopy, Lower

Colorectal Resection (for cancer and polyps)

Focuses on colorectal and colorectal cancer surgery. Explains screening, cancer staging and progression of polyp to cancer. Also talks about risks and complications, ostomy procedures, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy.

 

GI Endoscopy, Lower

Discusses sigmoidoscopy and colonoscopy to find lower GI problems, including colitis, polyps and cancer. Tells you what to expect during and after the procedure and when to call the doctor.

GI Endoscopy, Upper   Hemorrhoidectomy (ligation, etc.)

GI Endoscopy, Upper

Explains how and why upper GI endoscopy is done and covers your experience. Includes information on risks and complications, pre-test instructions, and follow up.

 

Hemorrhoidectomy (ligation, etc.)

Explains internal and external hemorrhoids, self-care, diet and exercise habits, and procedures to seal off and shrink hemorrhoids. Also covers risks, complications, and when to call the doctor.

Hemorrhoidectomy (surgical excision)   Ileoanal Pouch for Ulcerative Colitis

Hemorrhoidectomy (surgical excision)

Explains internal and external hemorrhoids, self-care, diet and exercise habits, and procedures to seal off and shrink hemorrhoids. Also covers risks, complications, and when to call the doctor.

 

Ileoanal Pouch for Ulcerative Colitis

Covers one type of surgery for treating ulcerative colitis, including diagnostic tests, risks and complications, and when to call the doctor. Also provides tips for managing nutrition and working with your doctor.

Laparoscopic Colorectal Conditions and Procedures (resection)   Proctocolectomy for ulcerative colitis

Laparoscopic Colorectal Conditions and Procedures (resection)

Explains purpose and benefits of laparoscopic procedures and possible conversion to open surgery. Includes pre- and post-op instructions, risks, complications, when to call the doctor, and colostomy and stoma information.

 

Proctocolectomy for ulcerative colitis

Covers surgery for treating ulcerative colitis, including diagnostic testing, risks and complications, and when to call the doctor. Also provides tips for managing nutritional needs and working with your doctor.

Rectal Bleeding   Resection for Crohn's Disease

Rectal Bleeding

Covers common symptoms and possible causes of rectal bleeding. Explains how diagnostic tests (sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy, barium enema, upper endoscopy) help you and your doctor form a treatment plan.

 

Resection for Crohn's Disease

Covers surgery for treating Crohn's Disease, including diagnostic testing, risks and complications, and when to call the doctor. Also provides tips for managing nutritional needs and working with your doctor.

Sigmoidoscopy   Barrett's Esophagus

Sigmoidoscopy

Explains how and why sigmoidoscopy is done and covers your experience. Includes information on risks and complications, pre-test instructions, and follow up.

 

Barrett's Esophagus

Explains how gastroesophageal reflux causes symptoms and changes in the lining of the esophagus near the stomach (Barrett's). Includes information on evaluation and testing, lifestyle changes, and treatments.

Dysphagia   Esophageal Manometry

Dysphagia

Explains causes and symptoms of this swallowing problem. Also covers diagnostics (endoscopy, barium x-ray, manometry test), treatment with medication or esophagus dilation, and safe eating tips.

 

Esophageal Manometry

Describes how esophageal manometry works and why it's used, gives pre-test instructions, and explains what to expect during testing. Also covers esophageal anatomy, normal and problem swallowing.

Parathyroidectomy   Thyroidectomy

Parathyroidectomy

Explains the role of the parathyroid glands, signs and symptoms of hyperparathyroidism, and how surgery works. Covers diagnostics, risks and complications of surgery, pre- and post-op instructions, and recovery.

 

Thyroidectomy

Explains hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, nodules, goiters and their treatment. Covers hormone therapy, radioiodine ablation and thyroidectomy, along with risks and complications of surgery, pre-op, post-op and recovery instructions.

 

All Treatments - Video

Anesthesia

This easy-to-understand overview on anesthesia helps you understand what to expect and how to prepare for your procedure. Includes visuals of actual equipment in an operating room setting.

Appendectomy

Helps you understand this common procedure and why immediate action is often necessary. Covers risks, complications, tips for at home recovery and when to call the doctor.

Cholecystectomy

Explains why gallbladder removal may be recommended. 3D animations and straightforward explanations help you understand the procedure, risks and complications, recovery, and when to call the doctor.

Cholelithiasis

Educates patients about gallbladder function and gallstones. Fully illustrated explanations are highly accessible and enhance patient learning.

Colonoscopy

Discusses the purpose of a colonoscopy. Communicates the benefits and describes what happens during the procedure.

Colon Cancer Screening

Discusses the basics of colon cancer screening. Provides reassuring information for patients on the benefits of early detection of any polyps.

Diverticulitis

Provides a straightforward overview of diverticulitis. Animations and illustrations enhance patient learning.

ERCP

Discusses the ERCP procedure, which utilizes a long, flexible lighted tube that includes a camera to see the anatomy of the gastrointestinal tract to diagnose conditions in the liver, gallbladder, bile ducts and pancreas. Topic is reviewed with easy to understand visuals and procedure descriptions.

Hernia Repair

Animations and illustrations help clearly explain this common condition, causes and treatment options. Describes risks and complications, plus tips for at home recovery and when to call the doctor.

Hysterectomy

Clinical information to help empower patients to make informed choices about hysterectomy procedures. Covers a variety of options and alternatives.-Female reproductive system

Hysterectomy Options: Laparoscopic Supracervical Hysterectomy

Provides useful information to help empower patients to make informed choices about hysterectomy procedures. Covers a variety of options and alternatives.-Female reproductive system

Tubal Ligation

3D animations of the procedure and easy-to-understand explanations of risks, benefits and alternative therapy help you decide if tubal ligation is right for you. Offers information on recovery.

Upper Endoscopy: EGD

Patient-friendly guide to undergoing an upper endoscopy. Shows patients what happens during the procedure and prepares them with useful and reassuring information.

Flexible Sigmoidoscopy

Describes what sigmoidoscopy is and why a physician might choose to use it. Prepares the patient by describing what happens during the procedure.

Breast Biopsy

Describes reasons for having a biopsy and various techniques. Information is presented in a straightforward style to facilitate understanding.