General Surgery surgical procedures cover the full spectrum of inpatient and outpatient care. Our team is guided by our core principles for patient-driven care: accountability for outcomes, respect for individuals, commitment to constant improvement, and responsibility for cost-effectiveness.
Representing the major disciplines of General Surgery, our divisions and the types of conditions they treat include:
The Division of Acute Care Surgery (Critical Care, Trauma, Burn, and Non Trauma Emergency) treats major trauma and burns, in addition to managing emergency surgery and critical care services. Michigan Medicine has a Level 1 Trauma Burn Verified Center that provides the highest quality care for critically injured patients.
The Division of Colorectal Surgery uses open and laparoscopic techniques and a multidisciplinary approach to treat benign and malignant conditions of the small bowel, colon, rectum and anus.
The Division of Endocrine Surgery provides treatment for patients with thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal, pancreatic, and gastrointestinal endocrine disorders. The division was the first of its kind in the nation, established in 1979.
The Division of Pancreas, Liver, and Gastrointestinal Surgery treats the pancreas, liver, and biliary tree, stomach, small bowel, and large bowel (colon and rectum) using a multidisciplinary approach.
The Division of Minimally Invasive Surgery specializes in using small incisions for surgeries and focuses on treating the abdomen, the abdomen wall, and the retroperitoneum for conditions such as hernias, gallstones, and heartburn, in addition to having a nationally recognized bariatric surgery program.
The Division of Surgical Oncology treats a wide array of cancers, especially breast, skin, and gastrointestinal system cancers.
The Division of Veterans Surgical Services provides specialized surgical care customized for the needs of veterans.
Common Surgical Procedures
Appendectomy is the surgical removal of the appendix, a small tube that branches off the large intestine, to treat acute appendicitis. Appendicitis is the acute inflammation of this tube due to infection.
Breast biopsy is a diagnostic test involving the removal of tissue or cells for examination under a microscope. This procedure is also used to remove abnormal breast tissue. A biopsy may be performed using a hollow needle to extract tissue (needle aspiration), or a lump may be partially or completely removed (lumpectomy) for examination and/or treatment.
Cholecystectomy is surgery to remove the gallbladder (a pear-shaped sac near the right lobe of the liver that holds bile). A gallbladder may need to be removed if the organ is prone to troublesome gallstones, if it is infected, or becomes cancerous.
Hemorrhoidectomy is the surgical removal of hemorrhoids, distended veins in the lower rectum or anus.
Inguinal hernia repairs are protrusions of part of the intestine into the muscles of the groin. Surgical repair pulls the intestine back to its original location.
Mastectomy is the removal of all or part of the breast. Mastectomies are usually performed to treat breast cancer. There are several types of mastectomies, including the following:
Partial (segmental) mastectomy involves the removal of the breast cancer and a larger portion of the normal breast tissue around the breast cancer.
Total (or simple) mastectomy, in which the surgeon removes the entire breast, including the nipple, the areola (the colored, circular area around the nipple), and most of the overlying skin, and may also remove some of the lymph nodes under the arm, also called the axillary lymph glands.
Modified radical mastectomy surgery involves removing the entire breast (including the nipple, the areola, and the overlying skin), some of the lymph nodes under the arm, and the lining over the chest muscles. In some cases, part of the chest wall muscle is also removed.
Radical mastectomy involves removal of the entire breast (including the nipple, the areola, and the overlying skin), the lymph nodes under the arm, and the chest muscles.
Partial colectomy is the removal of part of the large intestine (colon) which may be performed to treat cancer of the colon or long-term ulcerative colitis.
Tonsillectomy is the surgical removal of one or both tonsils. Tonsils are located at the back of the mouth and help fight infections.