In the general surgery department at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) in Atlanta, we use both standard-of-care and advanced procedures during surgery. General surgeons perform a wide variety of surgical procedures. The general surgeons at our hospital in Atlanta may operate on the liver, colon, gastrointestinal system, breast, vascular system and other major parts of the human body. General surgeons are also trained to perform critical care and emergency surgeries, such as appendix or gallbladder removals. General surgery may also involve stabilizing critically ill patients and performing organ transplants.
The general surgeons at our Atlanta hospital determine an appropriate surgical recommendation based on several factors. Dr. Gary Bernstein is a general surgeon and the Medical Director of Surgical Assistants at our hospital in Newnan, Georgia. A practicing surgeon since 1991, Dr. Bernstein spends much of his time at CTCA® consulting and working with other surgeons performing complex operations. When possible, general surgeons try to use minimally invasive procedures using laparoscopic methods. The advantages of laparoscopic surgery over open surgery may include a shorter recovery time, less pain or less scarring.
Based on your individual needs, our general surgeons in Georgia may be part of the care team working closely with you, recommending surgical approaches that may be suitable to your treatment plan. The type of surgery recommended by your general surgeon may depend on many factors based on your individual circumstances. Our oncologists are experts committed to treating the whole person, partly by anticipating and managing surgical side effects. Your integrated team of cancer care clinicians combines advanced and conventional medical treatments with supportive therapies to reduce pain and help you stay strong after surgery. When your side effects are maintained, you may be better able to focus on healing and an improved quality of life.