Titusville General Surgery
Attentive Surgical Care
Armed with cutting-edge equipment and advanced surgical techniques, the
Titusville Area Hospital surgeons are prepared to perform a variety of
in-depth surgical procedures. Most of our operations are performed on
outpatients, meaning the patients are not admitted to the hospital and
are free to return home not long after the surgery. This is both cost-saving
and convenient for patients and the hospital, but rest assured that our
team would never gamble with your health and will recommend a hospital
stay if necessary.
The surgery team is made up of anesthesiologists, general and specialty
surgeons, and trained nurses. Below are some of the general surgeries
performed at the hospital. For more specialized operations, please visit
the page most relevant to what you’re looking for (EX:
Orthopedics for joint replacement,
eye surgery for cataract removal, etc.).
These are surgeries specifically designed to be minimally invasive and
perform diagnostics on the abdomen and pelvis. In the procedure, a long,
thin camera is inserted through a small incision and examines the insides
of a patient. This provides doctors a chance to see the inside of the
body in real time without having to make a large incision. In addition
to diagnostics, a laparoscope can be used to assist various operations:
Gall Bladder Surgery – In this operation, the doctor uses the laparoscope to guide the surgeon
so they can makes small, strategic incisions to remove the organ. Primarily
used when a patient is suffering gallstones.
Hernia – Again, this procedure involves the use of the laparoscope to give the surgeon
a clear view of the patient’s insides and make incisions to repair
the hernia. A mesh may be placed over the affected area to reinforce the
Appendectomy – The appendix can be removed without open surgery through use of the laparoscope.
This operation requires as little as 3 incisions as the surgeon observes
the procedure through the laparoscope video monitor.
For patients uncomfortable with laparoscopic operations, or procedures
in which a laparoscope will not suffice, our team is prepared to perform
open surgery. This is the traditional surgical procedure in which an incision
is made over the area in which the surgeon needs to operate and they view
the worksite with their own eyes.
A doctor will almost always recommend a laparoscopic operation over open
surgery if possible. The former carries less risk of infection and shorter
recovery time for the patient.
A breast biopsy is the definitive diagnostic test used to determine whether
or not a patient has breast cancer. If a doctor recommends you should
have a biopsy, it does not mean you have cancer. This is merely a test
to find out once and for all after discovering other indicators that you
may have it. There are a few different methods used to perform a biopsy.
Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsy – In this relatively simple procedure, a very small needle is inserted
into a breast lump and extracts a tissue sample to determine if it is
a cyst or tumor.
Core Needle Biopsy – These procedures are usually used in conjunction with an ultrasound.
The doctor uses the ultrasound to guide a needle into the breast towards
a lump that is visible on a mammogram.
Surgical Biopsy – Though rare, surgery is sometimes required to access the mass for
the doctor to extract a tissue sample.
If a biopsy does prove positive for breast cancer, a mastectomy may be
required. Mastectomies may be performed on both men and women diagnosed
with breast cancer. It involves the complete removal of the breast to
eliminate cancer. Some patients also have a mastectomy on a healthy breast
to prevent cancer if they are at high risk for the disease.
In some cases the entire breast does not need to be removed and a lumpectomy
can be performed. This operation only removes the cancerous mass in the
breast. It is a less drastic procedure, but does come with increased risk
of reoccurrence. A mastectomy can still be performed if breast cancer
does manifest again.
Hemorrhoids are swollen veins in the lower rectum and anus that cause severe
discomfort and pain for the affected. This procedure removes hemorrhoids.
First the doctor will administer an anesthetic, then the hemorrhoids will
be tied off and removed. Stiches may be required.
Though done in a surgical setting, patients are usually free to return
home the same day. Total recovery from the operation takes anywhere from
2 to 6 weeks.