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General Surgery Conditions and Treatments at UPMC Hamot

Treatment options offered by the general surgery team include:

Diseases of the Breast

  • All types of breast conditions
  • Cancerous breast tumors
  • Noncancerous breast tumors


  • Open biopsies – total removal of lesion
  • Lumpectomy – removal of all margins of tumor
  • Simple mastectomy – removal of breast but not lymph nodes
  • Radical mastectomy – removal of breast and axillary lymph nodes
  • Sentinel node biopsy

Diseases of the Endocrine System

  • Diseases of the thyroid
  • Diseases of the parathyroid
  • Diseases of the adrenal glands
  • Endocrine tumors of the gastrointestinal tract and pancreas


  • Thyroidectomy
  • Parathyroidectomy


  • Groin hernia
  • Umbilical hernia
  • Hiatal hernia
  • Abdominal wall hernia
  • Incision hernia – repaired laparoscopic or open with mesh
  • Epigastric hernia
  • Diverticulitis

Diseases of the Gastrointestinal Tract

  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Peptic ulcer disease
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Appendicitis
  • Bowel obstructions
  • Malignancies of the esophagus, stomach, pancreas, small intestine, and colon


  • Lap Nissen
  • Heller myotomy
  • Single-site gallbladder removal – gallbladder removed through bellybutton without scarring.
  • Colon resection
  • Splenectomy
  • Gastrectomy
  • Exam and biopsy of the upper gastrointestinal tract
  • Colonoscopy
  • Liver biopsy

Diseases of the Skin

  • Skin cancer, including melanoma and sentinel node biopsy
  • Benign skin moles or cysts



  • Emergency management and resuscitation
  • Critical care management