About General Surgery

The general surgery team at Penn State Health St. Joseph provides state-of-the-art care for a wide range of procedures, from routine to highly complex. They have advanced training in specific conditions and are experts in their specialty areas. Each one is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and board certified by the American Board of Surgery.

General surgeons at St. Joseph’s collaborate with other specialists to provide you the best possible care.

Conditions and Treatments

General surgeries are used to treat many conditions, including hernias, gall bladder problems, appendicitis, hemorrhoids, some cancers, stomach and intestinal disorders, and others. Our surgeons use a variety of procedures to treat these conditions, including:

  • Cholecystectomy (gall bladder removal)
  • Colectomy (large intestine surgery)
  • Esophagectomy (throat surgery)
  • Gastrectomy (stomach surgery)
  • Pancreatectomy (pancreas surgery)
  • Splenectomy (spleen surgery)

Surgical Techniques

For each surgery, our surgeons choose the most effective technique for you. Depending on your specific condition and overall health, we may recommend a care plan that includes one of these surgical techniques:

Robotic-assisted surgery

This is a type of minimally invasive surgery that results in less blood loss, pain and scarring, as well as shorter recovery times than with traditional, open surgery. It involves a series of tiny incisions, through which our doctors insert very small instruments and a high-definition video camera. These tools are mounted on robotic arms that give your surgeon maximum range of motion and allow extremely precise movements. At St. Joseph, robotic-assisted procedures are done with the state-of-the-art da Vinci® Xi surgical system.

Laparoscopic Surgery

This type of surgery is also minimally invasive and has advantages such as minimal blood loss, pain and scarring. Recovery times with laparoscopic surgery are shorter than with traditional, open surgery. Like robotic-assisted surgery, it involves using several small incisions to perform the procedure. However, instead of using robotic arms, your surgeon inserts tiny instruments and a high-definition video camera through tubes called catheters.

Traditional Open Surgery

This type of surgery uses longer incisions that provide a direct view of the surgical area. Your surgeon may recommend open surgery if it will have a better result and be safer for you. It may be used when your surgeon needs to see a very wide area or if you have scar tissue or other blockages that could interfere with the camera in a minimally invasive procedure.