Thanks to general surgery, it’s relatively easy to treat common medical conditions like gallstones, hernias, lipomas, cysts, pilonidal cysts, skin abscesses, hemorrhoids, and breast diseases. At Dr. Melinda Nicole Lamb MD in Costa Mesa, California, Dr. Lamb offers a complete suite of general surgery offerings, including gallbladder surgery, excision of masses cysts and lipomas, emergency services, abdominal surgery, and treatment of breast diseases. To make an appointment, call or click the online booking feature today.

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What is general surgery?

General surgery is a group of procedures that use special tools and anesthesia to treat various medical conditions. Most acute and chronic issues respond to conservative, noninvasive treatments, but sometimes surgical intervention is necessary. That’s especially true if your symptoms last for more than a few months or they interfere with your quality of life.

What types of surgery fall under the umbrella of general surgery?

General surgeons like Dr. Lamb have extensive training in pre-, peri-, and post-operative care. Specifically, Dr. Lamb focuses on the nine surgical specialties, including:

  • The digestive tract
  • The abdomen
  • The skin and soft tissue (including breasts)
  • The endocrine system (hormones and glands)
  • Surgical treatment of cancer
  • Surgical management of traumatic injuries

Dr. Lamb is available to all of her patients. To ensure you receive the highest quality care, she promises quick and efficient visits without wait times.  

Who is a candidate for general surgery?

Before recommending general surgery, Dr. Lamb reviews your medical records and asks about your symptoms, including when they started, where they occur, and if any activities like work or exercise make them worse.

Next, Dr. Lamb conducts a complete physical exam. She also orders diagnostic imaging, like X-rays or an ultrasound, to get a closer look at your internal organs, bones, and soft tissues. After pinpointing the source of your discomfort, Dr. Lamb develops a custom surgical treatment plan.

If you don’t have health insurance, she can even work with you to ensure you receive the care you need.

What are some examples of general surgery?

Dr. Lamb offers various types of general surgery, including:

  • Gallbladder surgery
  • Skin cancer removal
  • Excision of cysts, lipomas, and masses
  • Breast surgery (for medical purposes)
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Emergency surgeries such as Appendectomy (appendix removal)
  • Treatment intestinal perforation
  • Lysis of intra-abdominal adhesions (removal of abdominal scar tissue causing abdominal pain)
  • And more…

To ensure quick and complication-free recoveries, Dr. Lamb performs minimally invasive surgery whenever possible.

What does general surgery involve?

Dr. Lamb performs general surgery at a hospital or a surgical facility, and puts you to sleep with general anesthesia before the procedure.

After your procedure, Dr. Lamb moves you to a recovery room for observation. In most cases, surgery is an outpatient procedure, allowing you to return home the same day as surgery.

To see if you’re a candidate for general surgery, make an appointment at the practice of Dr. Melinda Nicole Lamb MD by calling the office or clicking the online booking feature today.