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General Surgery

General surgeons at Bristol Health offer innovative surgical care, including robotic and laparoscopic surgeries, to improve your safety and speed up your recovery time.

General Surgery: Advanced Surgical Treatment

General surgeons care for many conditions, from wounds to burst appendices, gastrointestinal cancers to digestive diseases. At Bristol Health, our general surgeons use the latest technologies and evidence-based care to improve patient outcomes and help you receive safe, effective surgical treatment. Our minimally invasive techniques reduce your risk for scarring, bleeding and infection while speeding up your recovery time.
Bristol Health general surgeons perform a wide variety of procedures, including:

Diagnostic Procedures

Sometimes you need a small surgical procedure to receive an accurate diagnosis. Our surgeons use the least invasive means possible to collect tissue samples and images that can help you receive the care you need. Surgical diagnostic procedures include: 

  • Ultrasound-guided biopsy
  • Needle biopsy of the breast, pancreas and other organs
  • Endoscopic procedures such as gastroscopy and colonoscopy

Gastrointestinal Procedures

General surgeons care for your entire digestive tract, from your esophagus to your rectum. They perform procedures to remove cancerous or damaged areas of the digestive system and improve your health. Common gastrointestinal procedures include:
  •  Appendectomy (removal of the appendix
  • Cholecystectomy (gall bladder removal)
  • Colectomy (removal of all or part of the colon)
  • Hemorrhoidectomy (removal of hemorrhoids) 

Breast Surgery

Many of our general surgeons also specialize in breast surgery. They may perform lumpectomy or mastectomy to remove cancerous breast tissue. Our surgeons use the latest techniques, including skin-sparing and nipple-sparing mastectomy, to help treat all stages and types of breast cancer.

Hernia Repair

Bristol Health general surgeons can also repair hernias (a bulge of fat or organs through a tear in muscle). We use minimally invasive techniques, including robotic surgery, to free trapped tissue and repair damage to muscles.

Wound Care

For some patients, wounds caused by injury or surgery cannot heal on their own. Nonhealing wounds are more likely in people with diabetes or people who smoke. General surgeons can use debridement (removal of dead or diseased tissue) and other techniques to encourage wound healing.

Meet our Chief of Surgery

Chief of Surgery Jennifer N. McCallister, MD, FACS, is board-certified in general surgery and her range includes skin cancer surgery, hernia repairs, gallbladder surgery, breast surgery, colorectal surgery, and advanced wound care. 

Learn More About Dr. McCallister

The Center for Surgery and Endoscopy

Our state-of-the-art Center for Surgery and Endoscopy is designed with special sensitivity to our patients’ convenience and privacy needs. Beginning with arrival, patients will appreciate the convenience of the dedicated entrance and the canopied drop-off area.

Accompanying family members will find comfort in the large waiting area, including a coffee shop and playroom for children. Once brought into the clinical area, patients will enjoy the privacy and comfort of the bright and cheerful pre- and post-procedure rooms. To heighten comfort and diminish anxiety, rooms include a television for each patient. A dedicated pediatric recovery room allows loved ones the space and privacy needed to meet the unique comfort needs of children.

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Jun 21, 2019

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Apr 05, 2019

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Bristol Hospital has once again launched its 2018 Lights of Love campaign to support the hospice program of Bristol Homecare and Hospice.

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Oct 29, 2018

Bristol Agency Honors Local Family | Bristol Health News

Local family was honored at Bristol Homecare and Hospice Agency for special care they provided last year to the family of 57 year-old Michael Gullotta.

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