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General Surgery

What is general surgery?

We focus on four types of general surgery at Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare (JHAH) – bariatric (obesity), colorectal, oncology and pediatric – providing excellence and years of experience within these medical specialties.

If you or a family member require surgery, you can be assured that our skilled teams are highly professional, whether surgery is elective, emergency or trauma related. In all cases, we take great care to be as minimally invasive as possible.

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Treatments, services and procedures

Bariatric surgery at JHAH can be a life-changing remedy for obesity, and a resolution for medical conditions such as hypertension, diabetes and sleep apnoea. Our procedures form part of a personalized, long-term program that will empower you to maintain your weight loss following surgery, and enjoy a longer, and more active life.

Our specialists are qualified to perform a range of effective procedures, including gastric bypasses and vertical sleeve gastrectomies. And with 99 percent of our procedures performed via laparoscopic or keyhole surgery, you can expect to return to work or other activities within seven to 10 days.

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Our colorectal surgery team provides a full range of diagnostic tests, scans, consultations and treatments if you have symptoms that suggest problems with your gastrointestinal tract, or you have colonic, rectal or anal conditions. Using keyhole, endoscopic or trans-anal surgery, we can provide expert treatment for a wide spectrum of malignant and benign diseases, including: anal fissures, benign anorectal disease, cancer (bowel, colon and rectal), Crohn’s disease, diverticulitis, fistulae and abscesses, hemorrhoids, incontinence, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), intestinal polyps, pelvic floor disorders, rectal prolapse and ulcerative colitis.

Our specialist nurses can also help with stoma care and post-operative recovery, as well as complex abdominal wound management.

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If you or a loved one are suffering from cancer, you can be assured of our high level of expertise in providing surgical treatment for cancers of the gastrointestinal tract, breast, thyroid and skin.

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We are here to help if your child is referred for surgical treatment, providing a supportive environment and world-class care, from dedicated pediatric experts. Whether we are treating organ problems, childhood cancers, congenital birth defects or other illnesses affecting your child, we will ensure the procedure is carried out with an exceptional level of care and attention.

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What to expect from our general surgery services

Pre-surgery

During a clinical assessment, your surgeon may decide that surgery is the best course of action for your condition. If this is the case – and if your condition is not an emergency – you will be referred to the Preadmission and Anesthesia Clearance Clinic. Prior to your procedure, you may receive a consultation from one of our anesthetists, who will talk you through the anesthesia process and make sure that you are fit for anesthesia.   

Preparing for surgery

Once cleared for surgery, you will be given verbal and written instructions to follow in readiness for your surgery. On the day of your procedure, you should arrive at the designated day surgery center, where you will be prepared for the operating room.

You will receive a call from the pre-operation nursing team 24 hours before your surgery, to assess your health and confirm that you are coming for your scheduled surgery. If you need to cancel surgery, please inform the team as soon as possible, to give others a chance to receive treatment in your slot.

You will be informed of your check-in time and should ensure you follow the fasting instructions provided, to avoid last minute cancellation of surgery. In general, you should not consume solid food for eight hours before surgery. However, clear liquid such as water is allowed up to two hours before surgery. Your dedicated team will tell you if medication needs to be stopped, and you should bring all medication with you.

Post-surgery

Depending on the type of surgery you have received, you will either be discharged on the same day (once it is safe to do so) or you will be required to remain in hospital while you recover.  

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