General Surgery

Contact us at: (254) 865-8251

General surgery is a specialty that focuses on the abdomen. General surgery also addresses diseases involving the skin, breast, soft tissue, trauma, peripheral vascular surgery, and hernias. Coryell Health’s general surgeons, Dr. Stephen Norris and Dr. John Bawduniak, MD, have extensive experience treating a wide range of diseases and conditions through surgery.

General surgery performed at Coryell Health include:

  • Breast surgery
  • Gallbladder surgery
  • Hernia repair
  • Laparoscopic surgery
  • Rectal, colon and bowel surgery
  • Skin cancer surgery
  • Thyroid surgery

Hernia repair

A hernia occurs when the tissue in the abdominal wall weakens and allows the intestine or other surrounding tissue to push through. A hernia repair procedure can correct the problem. The sooner the repair is conducted and the smaller the hernia, the easier the recovery period will be for the patient.

Laparoscopic surgery

Not every surgery is invasive, painful and difficult to recover from. Sometimes surgeries can be conducted using minimally invasive techniques. What makes these procedures minimally invasive is size of the incision, which is usually between 0.5 to 1.5 centimeters. Typically, general surgeons will opt for laparoscopic surgery if at all possible before resorting to more invasive procedures.

Gallbladder surgery

Gallbladder surgery is conducted to remove gallstones from the gallbladder, or the gallbladder altogether. It is normally done through small incisions in the abdomen.

Breast surgery

General surgery also includes breast surgeries such as mastectomies, mammatome biopsies, sentinel node biopsies, and other types of breast biopsies. Breast biopsies are very common and may occur after a woman has an abnormal mammogram or finds a lump in the breast.

Thyroid surgery

When a person has an issue with their thyroid, such as thyroid cancer or hyperthyroidism, surgery may be required. During this procedure, the general surgeon will remove a piece of the thyroid gland or the entire thyroid gland.

Rectal, colon and bowel surgery

Cancer and other diseases can affect the colon, bowels, and rectal areas of the body. When this happens, surgery may be required to remove the malignant tissue.

Skin cancer surgery

While a problem area or skin condition may be diagnosed by a dermatologist, he or she may then refer a patient to a general surgeon to perform the surgery to remove the problem area (malignant or benign).

Contact Us

Coryell Memorial Surgical
1507 West Main Street
Gatesville, TX 76528
Phone: (254) 865-8251