General Surgery

General surgeons are highly trained specialists who operate on “the skin and all of its contents”. A general surgeon must complete a minimum of five years of training after graduating from medical school. General surgeons are trained to deal with complex elective problems as well as with management of trauma and other emergency situations. General surgeons perform surgery by open and laparoscopic (minimally invasive) techniques, and also perform endoscopy. Dr. Kent is board certified in general surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. See the related topics links for more information.

General Surgery is the branch of medicine that deals with diagnosis and involves operative procedures to treat injury, deformity and disease. Minor surgery is sometimes performed in a doctor’s office, major surgery is performed in an operating room in a hospital or surgery center, and sometimes, when very complicated, an operation is performed by a group of doctors or a medical team in the hospital operating room.

General Surgeons are highly trained specialists who are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions which cause abdominal pain. They are trained in the management of benign and malignant tumors of the skin, breast, GI tract and endocrine glands. They also take care of trauma and vascular problems.

The benefits of surgery are usually obvious. Appendicitis, gallstones and many cancers can be cured by an operation. Hernias and other defects can be repaired. In other cases anatomy can be changed in order to control or alleviate chronic conditions, such as heartburn or acid reflux disease and morbid obesity.

General surgical procedures are numerous and involve different areas of the body. General surgeons frequently have special areas of interest and expertise. At Georgia Coast Surgical we provide that expertise in a number of areas in addition to Bariatric Surgery.

Here’s a list of some of the most common surgical procedures that we do:

  • Cholecystectomy (gall bladder removal)
  • Anti-reflux surgery for heartburn
  • Hiatal hernia repair
  • Appendectomy
  • Inguinal Hernia Repair
  • Ventral (Incisional) Hernia Repair
  • Colon Surgery
  • Small Bowel Surgery
  • Treatment of Varicose Veins
  • Splenectomy
  • Thyroidectomy
  • Debridement of wound, burn or infection
  • Free Skin Graft
  • Endoscopy