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General Surgery

When you or a loved one needs surgical treatment, count on the compassionate expertise of Mount Auburn Hospital’s board-certified surgeons. You’ll find care for both scheduled surgical procedures and urgent, unplanned surgery needs.

General Surgery Services We Offer

General surgeons have experience treating a wide range of conditions affecting almost any area of the body. Turn to us for:

Surgical Specialties at Mount Auburn Hospital

You’ll also find specialty surgical care including:

Patient-Focused Surgical Consultations

You’ll feel more prepared and confident for your surgery thanks to our patient-focused approach to care.

At your surgical consultation, your doctor will review your medical history, including any exam results, and discuss your options for surgery, as well as non-surgical alternatives. When appropriate, your surgeon may recommend minimally invasive procedures. You and your family will have time to talk with your surgeon about your concerns and get answers to your questions so you can make an informed decision about your care.

You’ll also begin planning for a smooth recovery by discussing your home environment and support resources. If you’ll need assistance at home after surgery, we’ll refer you to our home health care services.

Team-Based Surgical Care

Your surgeon works closely with you, your primary care provider and your medical specialists to provide the best comprehensive care for your condition. While you’re in the hospital, you’ll get care from a multidisciplinary team that will likely include:

  • Surgeon
  • Resident – Provides care under the supervision of an attending physician
  • Anesthesiologist – Provides pain medication during and after your surgery
  • Surgical nurses – Specialize in caring for surgical patients
  • Rehabilitation therapists – Help you return to an optimal level of function post-surgery

Your Surgery: What to Expect

Your doctor will provide specific instructions on how to prepare for your surgery, Follow his or her directions carefully to help your surgery go as smoothly as possible. The day before your surgery, we’ll call to confirm your surgery time and let you know when to arrive at the hospital. In most cases, you’ll sleep at home the night before surgery so you’re as well rested as possible.

Arriving for Surgery

After checking into the hospital, you’ll go to our pre-op waiting area. There, you’ll change into a hospital gown and meet with your surgical team. They’ll confirm your treatment plan and answer any last minute questions before you’re taken to the operating room.

You’ll be asked to remove jewelry, eyeglasses, dentures, wigs and prostheses before surgery. Please leave all valuables at home.

Recovering after Surgery

After surgery, you’ll recover in our post-anesthesia care unit (PACU), where you be cared for by nurses who specialize in working with people emerging from anesthesia. You’ll be encouraged by your care team to move around as soon as you’re able. This helps prevent blood clots and lung problems—and may lead to an earlier hospital discharge.

If you’re returning home the same day as your surgery, you’ll need a friend or family member to drive you or accompany you on public transportation. You’ll receive detailed discharge instructions before you leave and a nurse also will call you at home that evening to see how you’re feeling.

If you need to stay overnight in the hospital, you’ll move from the PACU to a surgical recovery unit. Your surgeon will visit you each day you’re in the hospital.

You can download a copy of our General and Vascular Surgery Brochure which includes a listing of our general and vascular surgeons and their credentials.

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