Ascension Medical Group Sacred Heart Surgical Services at Apalachicola

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Our general surgeon at Ascension Sacred Heart Gulf in Apalachicola, Florida, delivers care that’s right for you.

General surgical care close to home

Our general surgeon at Ascension Sacred Heart Gulf delivers surgical care, including outpatient same-day surgery, emergency surgery, trauma surgery and inpatient procedures. Our surgical center has image-guided technology, and our surgeons perform minimally invasive techniques whenever possible to help with recovery. Our surgical care team starts by listening to understand your health needs. We are here to answer your questions and provide pre-operative testing to help prepare you for your surgery. Then we deliver personalized surgical care to fit your needs. Our surgeon offers surgical consultation appointments.

General surgical care services

We focus on surgical methods that help improve your recovery and are associated with fewer complications. Our general surgeon delivers surgical treatments for conditions that affect the entire body, including:

  • Abdominal wall surgery
  • Abdominal organ surgery - appendix, gallbladder
  • Breast cancer
  • Colon and rectal disease
  • Pancreas and liver disease
  • Sarcoma - soft tissue tumors
  • Thyroid disease
  • Trauma injuries and critical care

Minimally invasive surgery

Our surgeons specialize in minimally invasive surgical techniques, such as laparoscopic surgery. Our surgical approach is personalized for your needs. We focus on techniques that help improve wound healing, manage pain with less medication, and help you return to your daily activities. The general surgical procedures typically treated with a minimally invasive approach include:

  • Appendectomy
  • Breast biopsy
  • Gallbladder removal
  • Groin hernia repair
  • Thyroid surgery

The recovery process for minimally invasive surgeries may be quicker than regular surgery and typically doesn’t require an overnight stay in the hospital.

Breast cancer surgery

When other tests show that you might have breast cancer, you will probably need to have a biopsy. Needing a breast biopsy doesn’t necessarily mean you have cancer. Most biopsy results are not cancer, but a biopsy is the only way to find out for sure. During a biopsy, the doctor will remove small pieces from the suspicious area so they can be looked at in the lab to see if they contain cancer cells.

There are different kinds of breast biopsies. Some are done using a hollow needle, and some use an incision (cut in the skin). Each has pros and cons. The type you have depends on a number of things, like:

  • How suspicious the breast change looks
  • How big it is
  • Where it is in the breast
  • If there is more than one
  • Any other medical problems you might have
  • Your personal preferences

For most suspicious areas in the breast, a needle biopsy (rather than a surgical biopsy) can be done. Ask the doctor which type of biopsy you will have and what you can expect during and after the procedure.

  • Fine needle aspiration (FNA) biopsy: In an FNA biopsy, a very thin, hollow needle attached to a syringe is used to withdraw (aspirate) a small amount of tissue from a suspicious area. The needle used for an FNA biopsy is thinner than the one used for blood tests.
  • Core needle biopsy: A core biopsy uses a larger needle to sample breast changes felt by the doctor or seen on an ultrasound, mammogram, or MRI. This is often the preferred type of biopsy if breast cancer is suspected.
  • Surgical (open) biopsy: In rare cases, surgery is needed to remove all or part of the lump for testing. This is called a surgical or open biopsy. Most often, the surgeon removes the entire mass or abnormal area as well as a surrounding margin of normal breast tissue.
  • Lymph node biopsy: The doctor may also need to biopsy the lymph nodes under the arm to check them for cancer spread. This might be done at the same time as biopsy of the breast tumor, or when the breast tumor is removed at surgery. This can be done by needle biopsy, or with a sentinel lymph node biopsy and/or an axillary lymph node dissection.

Regardless of which type of biopsy you have, the biopsy samples will be sent to a lab where a specialized doctor called a pathologist will look at them. It typically will take at least a few days for you to find out the results.Most women with breast cancer have some type of surgery as part of their treatment. There are different types of breast surgery, and it may be done for different reasons, depending on the situation.

  • Remove as much of the cancer as possible (breast-conserving surgery or mastectomy)
  • Find out whether the cancer has spread to the lymph nodes under the arm (sentinel lymph node biopsy or axillary lymph node dissection)

Your doctor may recommend a certain operation based on your breast cancer features and your medical history, or you may have a choice about which type to have. It’s important to know your options so you can talk about them with your doctor and make the choice that is right for you.

There are two main types of surgery to remove breast cancer:

  • Breast-conserving surgery (also called a lumpectomy, quadrantectomy, partial mastectomy, or segmental mastectomy) is a surgery in which only the part of the breast containing the cancer is removed. The goal is to remove the cancer as well as some surrounding normal tissue. How much breast is removed depends on where and how big the tumor is, as well as other factors.

  • Mastectomy is a surgery in which the entire breast is removed, including all of the breast tissue and sometimes other nearby tissues. There are several different types of mastectomies. Some women may also get a double mastectomy, in which both breasts are removed.

Wound care

We are a specialized outpatient wound care treatment center dedicated to the care of patients with wounds. Wounds that are hard-to-heal and/or non-healing may be a result of pressure, trauma or infection. Sometimes, the simplest of wounds can turn into a significant problem due to underlying conditions such as diabetes, circulation problems or previous radiation treatment.

Since non-healing wounds rarely result from a single cause, we treat the whole person, not just the wound. Our team of experienced wound care specialists will assess your symptoms, determine the underlying cause of your non-healing wound and customize the most effective treatment plan to stimulate healing.

Our treatment plans are designed to complement the care your own physician provides, ensuring that your health care team is always working together to provide the most effective treatment that's right for you.

Non-healing wounds can have serious health consequences and may adversely affect your quality of life. If you have a wound or an ulcer that is not healing, or any wound that is of concern, ask your physician for a referral to the wound care center or contact us directly for an appointment.

If you are experiencing any of the following conditions, you could benefit from advanced wound care.

  • Slow-to-heal or non-healing wounds
  • Foot or leg ulcers or wounds
  • Non-healing skin grafts or surgical flaps
  • Non-healing surgical wounds

Advanced wound care may include:

  • Diagnostic testing (can include vascular testing, blood tests, x-rays)
  • Nutritional evaluation
  • Infection control
  • Specialized dressings
  • Debridement (removal of dead or infected tissues)
  • Patient education

Even the most difficult wounds that have not responded to other treatments may see significant improvement at our center.