General Surgery Treatments
Open Surgery Procedures at Washington Township Medical Foundation
On this page, learn about the surgical treatments provided by our general
surgery team at Washington Township Medical Foundation. These procedures
are conducted by our experienced and accomplished staff in a state of
the art facility designed to provide the best care for our patients. Located
in Fremont, we are pleased to serve patients from throughout the Bay Area,
Oakland, and the Silicon Valley, always upholding our reputation for quality
and adherence to the highest standards of patient care.
These treatments include:
Adrenalectomy – This procedure involves the removal of the adrenal glands, which
are organs that are located above the kidneys. Adrenal glands secrete
various hormones that help regulate the body’s functions. This organ
removal surgical procedure may be conducted if there is a cancerous or
possible cancerous mass in the adrenal gland. In other cases, a mass in
the adrenal gland may be removed if it is producing a hormone that adversely
affects the patient. This procedure can be conducted either with traditional
open surgery or laparoscopic surgery.
Breast Surgery – There are different types of surgery for breast cancer, including
a surgical breast biopsy to collect questionable tissue for testing, a
mastectomy, a lumpectomy, or a breast-conserving surgery. Other types
of breast surgery include surgery for breast abscess and microdochectomy,
which involves removing a lactiferous duct.
Colon Surgery – A large bowel resection, also known as a colectomy, may be conducted
in order to remove your large bowel—in whole or in part. Every year
in the United States, over 600,000 procedures are performed to treat different
types of colon diseases, including colon polyps, colorectal cancer, colonic
inertia, inflammatory bowel disease, diverticulitis, and stricture of
Colorectal Surgery – Colon cancer causes cancerous cells to occur in the colon tissues.
A colorectal surgery corrects issues that affect the anus, colon, and
rectum, including colon cancer. Examples of common rectal and colon procedures
include colectomy, internal-lateral sphincterotomy, colon and / or rectum
resection, and surgery to correct polypoid disease in the rectum and colon.
Endocrine Surgery – Endocrine glands are the glands in the body that contain hormones,
regulating many different symptoms in the body. Endocrine surgery treats
conditions that affect the thyroid, parathyroid, and adrenal glands. This
may include thyroid surgeries, parathyroid surgeries, adrenal surgeries
such as adenalectomy, and surgery to treat diseases of the endocrine pancreas.
Gallbladder Surgery (Cholecystectomy) – A cholecystectomy is the removal of the gallbladder. This procedure
may be conducted through open surgery or through a minimally invasive
technique called a laparoscopic cholecystectomy. Your gallbladder is a
small organ that is located below your liver and shaped like a pear. This
organ contains a digestive fluid that your liver produces, which is called
bile. In some cases, a patient may experience pain due to gallstones blocking
bile from flowing normally. In these cases, the doctor may recommend gallbladder removal.
Hemorrhoid Surgery – In some cases, hemorrhoids—engorged blood vessels by the
rectum / anus that cause significant pain and discomfort—may be
treated using surgical means. There are five types of hemorrhoid surgery:
Banding, sclerotherapy, hemorrhoidectomy, coagulation therapy, and hemorrhoidopexy.
Hemorrhoid surgery is rarely needed, as most cases can be treated using
less drastic and invasive methods. However, in severe cases, your doctor
may discuss your surgical options for hemorrhoid treatment.
Hernia Repair – A hernia is an irregular opening in the body, which typically
causes protrusion of the intestine or stomach. A simple surgical procedure
can be used to repair this opening and to put the displaced tissue back
where it should be.
Laparoscopic Colectomy – Laparoscopy is a method of minimally invasive surgery that involves
minimal incisions, ensuring a better chance of a positive outcome for
patients across a spectrum of measures. A laparoscopic colectomy is a
procedure used to remove some or all of your colon, which may be necessary
to treat conditions such as cancer, irritable bowel disease, bleeding,
colon polyps, blockages, diverticulitis, rectal prolapse, or volvulus.
Laparoscopic Hernia Repair – A laparoscopic hernia repair is a minimally invasive method of
remedying a hernia, which is an abnormal opening in your body that allows
tissue to bulge through.
Parathyroid Surgery – What is parathyroid surgery? It is the only available method to
treat parathyroid disease, also known as hyperparathyroidism. This surgery
can be completed using laparoscopic techniques, involving minimal incisions
for less scarring, less bleeding, less risk, and faster recovery.
Rectal Surgery – Our colon and rectal surgeons conduct a wide range of procedures
used to treat different illnesses and conditions, including the following
procedures: Rectopexy, resection of the colon / anus, colectomy, colostomy,
hemorrhoidectomy, ileal pouch anal anastomosis (IPAA), internal sphincterotomy,
and surgery for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
Reflux Surgery – Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a condition in which
the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) does not function properly. The LES
is a small ring of muscle that is meant to function as a one-way valve,
letting food into the stomach. In some cases, the LES is weak or defective
and contests of the stomach are allowed to pass back through into the
esophagus, causing heartburn and potentially long-term damage to the esophagus.
In a reflux surgery procedure, the LES is reinforced in order to prevent
regurgitation of stomach acid into the esophagus.
Splenectomy – A splenectomy surgery involves removal of the spleen, which is
an organ in the abdomen that contains white blood cells that help fight
infection as well as production and removal of red blood cells. In most
cases, splenectomy is used to treat a ruptured spleen. It can also be
used in treatment of splenomegaly, which is enlargement of the spleen,
as well as some types of cancer, certain blood disorders, infections,
and removal of benign tumors or cysts.
Stomach Surgery – General surgeons provide surgery of the stomach. This includes
surgery for gastroparesis, stomach cancer, acid disease, dysphagia, gastric
dumping, and bariatric surgery / gastric bypass.
Thyroid Surgery – The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland at the base of the neck
that both produces and stores the various hormones that regulate most
systems in the body. Surgery of the thyroid—used to remove the thyroid
gland in whole or in part—may be necessary to treat various thyroid
conditions such as thyroid cancer, thyroid nodules, and—in some