General Surgery

Carroll Hospital offers general surgery procedures that treat a wide range of disorders of the abdominal and digestive organs — including the esophagus, stomach, small bowel, colon, liver, pancreas, gallbladder and bile ducts. Many surgical procedures can be performed using minimally invasive techniques to shorten recovery and reduce pain and scarring.

We have experienced board-certified general surgeons on our staff. For a referral to a general surgeon, call 410-871-7000 or search our online directory of physicians.

Some of the common procedures our general surgeons perform include:

Operative and exploratory laparoscopy
– a minimally invasive procedure to diagnose or treat disorders in the abdomen or pelvis with the assistance of a tiny camera and a few tiny incisions. These procedures include:
  • Laparascopic colon surgery – minimally invasive procedures to treat problems such as polyps, diverticulitis, inflammatory bowel disease and cancer in the large and small bowel
  • Laparoscopic cholecystectomy – gallbladder removal
  • Laparascopic appendectomy – removal of the appendix
  • Laparoscopic hernia repair – repair of various types of hernias
  • Laparoscopic adrenalectomy – removal of the adrenal glands
  • Laparoscopic anti-reflux procedures – various minimally invasive procedures to treat reflux disease

Endocrine Surgery

  • Thyroidectomy – surgical removal of all or part of the thyroid gland, often to treat hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid), thyroid cancer or an enlarged thyroid that is causing difficulty swallowing or breathing. Our surgeons use minimally invasive techniques and electronic nerve monitoring to protect your voice.
  • Parathyroidectomy – minimally invasive techniques to remove overactive parathyroid glands or tumors.

Breast surgery, including mastectomy, lumpectomy or sentinel node biopsy. Today, many women can be spared a mastectomy, which is the removal of one or both breasts, and instead undergo a lumpectomy, where only the affected tissue and a bit of surrounding tissue in a breast is removed. Sentinel node biopsy takes tissue from a lymph node in the armpit, where breast cancer is likely to spread first.

Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) – a procedure that views the lining of the esophagus, stomach, and upper duodenum with a small camera inserted down the throat. The test is often used to help diagnose the cause of abdominal pain, heartburn, swallowing problems, or unexplained symptoms such as vomiting, anemia or weight loss. It is also used during a biopsy.

Colonoscopy – a procedure that uses a special scope to look inside the colon and rectum, to detect abnormal growths, inflammation, or other problems. It also can detect colorectal cancer in its early stages and is recommended as a routine screening procedure for most people 50 and older.

Lymph node biopsy – removal of tissue in one or more lymph nodes to determine whether a problem such as infection or cancer is present.

Rectal surgery, including a hemorrhoidectomy – outpatient surgery that uses a scalpel (knife), cautery pen or laser to remove hemorrhoids. Some procedures involve a circular stapling device that removes the hemorrhoid and closes the wound without an incision.

Removal of skin lesions – including treatment of melanoma with sentinel lymph node biopsy, if indicated.

Venous access port insertion
– the insertion of a tube called a port into one of the major veins (subclavian or internal jugular vein) under the collarbone to allow doctors to give you repeated medicines or liquids and avoid repeatedly sticking you with needles to take blood.