General Surgery encompasses cholecystectomy (Surgical removal of the Gallbladder), Hernia Repair, Bowel Resection and the excision of Suspicious Skin Lesions.



The gallbladder stores and concentrates bile. Often stones will be formed in the gallbladder and may lead to significant pain, nausea, infection, jaundice and possibly pancreatitis. Gallbladder surgery, cholecystectomy is performed laparoscopically (minimally invasive). This is accomplished through 3 or 4, less than 1 inch incisions, under general anesthesia as an outpatient. Surgery is performed in patients with gallstones or symptoms of a non-functioning or poorly functioning gallbladder and can almost always be accomplished in outpatient setting. Dr. Velez has specialized training in laparoscopic gallbladder surgery.



Inguinal Hernia or hernias of the groin affects men more commonly than women. Dr. Velez performs these repairs almost exclusively using the Kugel Method which involves a 1 and ½ incision in the groin, utilizing a specialized piece of mesh. Surgery is performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient. Patients are allowed to resume their normal activities within a few days of surgery.

Umbilical hernias are repaired as an outpatient and involve a small incision just below the belly button. Specialized mesh is used to ensure the repair. Surgery in performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient.



Colon surgeries (Colectomy) are performed for tumors both benign and   malignant as well as complicated  diverticulosis. Patients are admitted to the hospital the day of the surgery and spend three to five days.




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