General Surgeon in Palm Beach County

General Surgery

Evaluating a patient and determining the best surgical approach for that individual is as important as actually performing the operation. At Advanced Surgical Physicians, we take the time to meet with you and provide a thorough evaluation of your condition and general health. Our specialists in general surgery will help you determine the best option and approach for your situation.

We offer both inpatient and outpatient care at Wellington Regional Medical Center, Palms West Hospital, Palms West SurgiCenter, and JFK Medical Center.

Our reviews can attest to the excellent care we offer from the first phone call to the last appointment. Before visiting our office, learn more about general surgery procedures and the role of specialists in general surgery.

The Role of a General Surgeon

We know that choosing a general surgeon and understanding the possible procedure a patient will have can be intimidating or overwhelming. Our specialists in general surgery at Advanced Surgical Physicians will do their best to explain in a way that is easily understood so you are comfortable making a decision.

A general surgeon’s main function is to perform general surgery procedures that can cure or prevent diseases such as cancer and improve a patient’s lifestyle.

They also assess the situation, familiarize the surgery patients with the possible procedures, and choose the surgical approach to resolve the issue.

The Responsibilities of a General Surgeon

Here are some of the responsibilities of a surgeon in addition to performing general surgery procedures.

  • Keep track of all patient records. That includes filing and maintenance of the records in accordance with HIPAA practices.
  • Prescribe testing to prepare for surgery, such as CT Scans or MRI
  • Order and Review preoperative tests and provide a diagnosis of the patient
  • Provide postoperative surgical care
  • Coordinate the schedule with the supporting members of the team
  • Educate the patient and their caregivers about lifestyle changes that may help in recovery

At Advanced Surgical Physicians we have many years of expertise performing various types of procedures including:

Breast Surgery

If you or your doctor have felt a lump in your breast on an exam, it could simply be a breast cyst or a fibroadenoma. All lumps in your breast should be evaluated by a breast specialist. Using mammograms, ultrasounds, breast MRIs and sometimes a breast biopsy is the best way to understand the lump you have in your breast. At Advanced Surgical Physicians, Dr. Shapiro and Dr. Eldredge have the expertise to help you.

Colorectal Surgery

Colorectal surgery procedures treat certain areas of the gastrointestinal tract. Most often, those areas are:
the large intestine or colon, small intestine, the rectum (the end of the large intestine), and the anus ( intestinal tract).

If you believe you may need one of the mentioned surgeries, contact Advanced Surgical Physicians and we’ll find the correct procedure, perform it, and provide the appropriate colorectal surgery recovery.

Excision of Soft Tissue Masses

Soft tissue mass removal surgery, better known as the excision procedure, is a medical procedure that removes soft tissue masses formed under the skin of the patient. The soft masses, known as cysts or lipomas (fatty tumors), produce a visible bump by pushing outward. These types of lumps are often benign, but certain soft tissue masses can indicate more serious conditions.

Visit Advanced Surgical Physicians and schedule an excision procedure at your earliest convenience.

Gallbladder Surgery

If you’ve experienced severe abdominal pain lately, you may be experiencing a gallbladder attack. To avoid emergency gallbladder surgery and further complications with the issue, your safest bet is to visit medical experts with knowledge on the subject.

We at Advanced Surgical Physicians will make sure you have the proper testing to pinpoint the problem and get you feeling better.

Hemorrhoid Surgery

You no longer have to live with hemorrhoids. There are hemorrhoid treatment options that work, and they are within reach.

Hemorrhoid removal will change your life, but you need to take action! Contact Advanced Surgical Physicians and have our experts schedule a hemorrhoid evaluation and help you decide which surgery you need.

Hernia Repair Surgery

Hernia repair surgery is one of the most common medical procedures in the world. Over a million people in the US have their hernia repaired each year.

Before scheduling an appointment, you should know that a few different types of hernia exist:

  • Inguinal hernias
  • Femoral hernias
  • Ventral hernias, which include
    • Epigastric hernias
    • Incisional hernias
    • Umbilical hernias
  • Hiatal hernias

Contact Advanced Surgical Physicians and schedule a hernia repair surgery to solve your medical issue.

Incision and Drainage for Infection

An abscess is a pocket of pus located underneath the inflamed area of skin. Most often, it is caused by a bacterial infection and can be dealt with using abscess incision and drainage.

Infections aren’t to be taken lightly. If you’ve noticed an area that requires a boil incision and drainage, you should contact a medical expert to deal with the situation.

Advanced Surgical Physicians are just one phone call away, so contact us and let our team help you solve the issue.

Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery

Thyroid surgery is, in most cases, used to determine the presence of cancer or a cyst on the thyroid. Though, in some cases, it is performed to remove existing cancer in the thyroid.

On the other hand, parathyroid surgery is most often used on benign tumors that show on the parathyroid gland.

Contact Advanced Surgical Physicians and have experts handle the medical issue.

Removal of Benign Skin Lesions

Any change in the skin surface can be referred to as a skin lesion. The term is quite unspecific, but there are a few types of skin lesions out there. The most common ones are blisters, macules, nodules, and rashes.

If you’re in need of any kind of skin lesions treatment, visit Advanced Surgical Physicians and have our experts deal with the issue.

Surgery for Skin Cancer: Melanoma, Squamous Cell, Merkel Cell, and Sarcoma

There are many signs of melanoma people don’t react to appropriately. A mole that changes color, large brownish spots with dark freckles, and painful lesions are all indicatives of melanoma.

If you’ve noticed some of the signs of changes in a mole or have concerns about skin cancer on your body, visiting a specialist is the best thing to do. Contact Advanced Surgical Physicians If your dermatologist has told you that you have squamous cell carcinoma, melanoma, Merkel cell carcinoma, or sarcoma.

Splenectomy

If you’ve had an injury that damaged the organ located under your rib cage, you might need spleen removal. Splenectomy is a surgery used to remove the spleen of a patient.

If a doctor detects internal bleeding or other signs of a ruptured spleen, you may have a splenectomy immediately. So, contact Advanced Surgical Physicians and schedule an exam at your earliest convenience.

Wound Care

Taking care of the wound is one of the most important parts of recovering from an injury. That’s why it’s crucial to have specialists in charge of your wound care treatment.

We at Advanced Surgical Physicians will ensure your wound is treated in the most advanced treatments to heal your wound as quickly as possible. So contact our team, and schedule a visit at your convenience.

Minimally Invasive Or Laparoscopic/Robotic Surgery Options

In a laparoscopic procedure, our surgeon uses several small incisions instead of one open incision. Through one of the incisions, Dr. Shapiro inserts a laparoscope, which is a miniature camera that displays the images on to a large monitor allowing us to see inside your body without having to make a larger incision.

The advantages of state-of-the-art laparoscopic and Robotic surgical technology include:

  • Faster Recovery

  • Less Post-Operative Pain

  • Less Post-Operative Discomfort

  • Decreased Scarring

  • Fewer Disruptions to Your Life

At Advanced Surgical Physicians, we discuss all options with you so you can choose the best surgical approach for your case.

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