General Surgery Patient Education Center

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Abdominal 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.

 

Abdominal 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.