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1020 First Colonial Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23454
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Virginia Beach Surgery specializes in all aspects of general and vascular surgery.  Common areas of care are:

General Surgery

Breast Care

The finding of a breast lump can be the most stressful time in a woman’s life. The risk of breast cancer in all women approaches one in eight. There are also many benign breast conditions (that may or may not be pre-cancerous) which require medical attention. As breast specialists the surgeons at Virginia Beach Surgery evaluate and treat all abnormalities of the breast. They employ the most up-to-date methods of evaluation such as mammography, ultrasound, MRI, and nuclear imaging. When required, breast biopsies and subsequent surgery are designed to provide optimal patient treatment while minimizing the change in cosmetic appearance. Stereotactic biopsy is a computer assisted breast biopsy that performs a traditional incisional biopsy through a needle without an incision. Breast cancer surgery can be minimized with breast sparing operations or performed with immediate or delayed reconstruction. Virginia Beach Surgery surgeons perform and participate in national research designed to investigate the use of sentinel node biopsy in breast cancer. Sentinel node biopsy allows the selective removal of one or two lymph nodes instead of all lymph nodes under the arm to determine if the breast malignancy has spread. Selective lymph node excision significantly reduces post-operative pain and problems such as arm swelling and infection.

Patients thought to be at high risk for breast cancer or those that wish to be seen routinely by a breast specialist are followed at appropriate intervals in the office. As breast specialists, the surgeons of Virginia Beach Surgery emphasize patient education, self-examination, careful observation, and prevention in the routine breast care of all patients.

Gastrointestinal Surgery

The surgeons at Virginia Beach Surgery are skilled at treating benign and malignant conditions of the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, rectum, anus, liver, pancreas, and biliary system. They are well-trained in surgical endoscopy.

Minimally Invasive Techniques (Formerly known as "Laser Surgery")

Laparoscopy  is a way to perform surgery without a large incision. Originally, laser energy was used to divide tissues but technical limitations of laser light has decreased the use of light energy during surgical procedures. Often these surgeries are performed on an outpatient basis and are associated with significantly reduced postoperative recovery time and less post-operative pain. Virginia Beach Surgery surgeons perform all types of minimally invasive procedures. Laparoscopy refers to minimally invasive abdominal surgery. The most common laparoscopic surgeries include laparoscopic gallbladder surgery, reflux or hiatal hernia surgery (known as laparoscopic nissen fundoplication), hernia surgery, abdominal exploration and biopsy, and colon surgery.  Minimally invasive breast surgery is described under Breast Care.

Gallbladder Removal (cholecystectomy)

Cholecystectomy is the removal of the gallbladder. This is one of the most common surgeries performed and is usually performed in a minimally invasive fashion.

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease Heartburn or reflux is controlled medically in most people. However, in some patients, symptoms persist despite our strongest medical therapies. Others have symptoms relieved by medicine but face a lifetime of medication for a disorder that can be eliminated by an overnight surgery. Chronic reflux can not only cause severe heartburn, but also chronic lung problems and contribute to pre-cancerous conditions of the esophagus. At Virginia Beach Surgery, physicians perform surgeries to eliminate reflux. The most common is a laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication which is a minimally invasive surgical technique. The laparoscopic technique dramatically shortens hospital stay as compared to standard surgery and speeds return to work. Often the patient is discharged within 24 hours and returns to work within a week.

The fight against cancer requires specialized care. Cancer will soon be the largest cause of death in America. The surgeons at Virginia Beach Surgery perform complex surgical tumor excisions and coordinate surgery with chemotherapy and radiation therapy to maximize prognosis. We are actively involved in the management of the Sentara Virginia Beach Coastal Cancer Center, which is a nationally recognized cancer center at Virginia Beach General Hospital. Complex cases are discussed at the Tumor Board which is a weekly conference consisting of surgeons, oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, and radiologists. Additional information on specific cancers is located in the links page.

Hernia Surgery

Hernias are defects in a muscle layer through which internal structures are pushed outward. They come in a variety of locations and sizes. Hernias are repaired to eliminate symptoms and to prevent hernia-related bowel obstruction. Although the types of hernias have not changed, there are an increasing variety of techniques available to repair hernias. At Virginia Beach surgery the choice of hernia repair is matched with the patient to determine the correct surgery. Newer techniques of hernia repair involve laparoscopy. Mesh is a permanent artificial material that is used to re-enforces the strength of native tissue.

Melanoma and other Skin Cancers

The incidence of melanoma and other skin cancers is growing at an alarming rate in a large part because of the population’s increasing commutative sun exposure. At Virginia Beach Surgery, suspicious lesions are removed for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes often working together with dermatologists and plastic surgeons to maximize overall patient care. When necessary, skin grafts are used to replace removed skin. Melanoma is especially dangerous and often requires the removal of adjacent lymph nodes. Sentinel node biopsies are employed to minimize the amount of required surgery dissection when melanoma is at risk of spreading to other parts of the body.

Endocrine Surgery

Endocrine glands secrete hormones that regulate body chemistry and function.

Tumors of endocrine glands can abnormally increase hormone levels and cause symptoms such as altered metabolism, weight loss or weight gain, digestive problems, anxiety, hyperglycemia or hypoglycemia, high blood pressure, kidney stones, and osteoporosis among others. Expertise at Virginia Beach Surgery allows identification of such tumors and the correct management at the time of surgery when hormone levels commonly fluctuate. The newest methods of tumor localization using CAT scans, MRI, selective venous sampling, and the use of radioactive tracers are employed so that the surgery can be minimized.

Vascular (Arteries and Veins) Surgery

Vascular surgery involves the correction of abnormalities in the arteries and veins. At Virginia Beach Surgery, physicians treat a variety of vascular problems with non-invasive, minimally invasive, or traditional surgical methodologies. Only the most common are discussed below.

The carotid arteries supply blood to the brain. Blockages in the carotid arteries may cause stroke and can be "cleaned out" by carotid endarterectomy. The success rate of this surgery has been studied in great detail in national multicenter randomized trials. The success rate of the surgeons at Virginia Beach Surgery with carotid endarterectomy is much higher that the reported national average.

Aneurysms are dilations of the arterial wall, which thins as it enlarges. The risk of rupture increases as an aneurysm increases in diameter. Aneurysm ruptures can be life threatening. Surgical resection of aneurysms in most cases is required when they reach a certain size. Virginia Beach Surgery physicians monitor the growth of an anneurysm pursue correction of the aneurysm at the appropriate size.

Blockages in the aorta and the arteries of the legs can result in pain or cramping with ambulation (claudication), pain at rest, or gangrene. Blockages may be addressed with exercise, medication, angioplasty, or bypass surgery. Blockages in the arteries of the arms, intestines, and kidneys result in different symptoms but have a similar range of therapies.

Vascular surgeons are also responsible for the insertion and management of acute and chronic access for dialysis. Peritoneal dialysis requires the insertion of a catheter into the abdominal cavity. Acute hemodialysis requires the placement of a large intravenous catheter while chronic excess involves the use of a surgically placed connection between an artery and vein or the arm.

Blockages of the veins of the extremities are usually from blood clots that require blood thiners. If a patient’s blood clot progresses on a blood thinner or the patient cannot tolerate blood thinners, insertion of a surgical filter to block the clot from extending into the heart and lungs is indicated. Improper functioning of the valves of the deep veins of the leg usually requires the chronic use of compression stocking. Improper functioning of the superficial veins of the leg presents with varicose veins that may be asymptotic, cause pain, or create ulcerations. Varicose veins are treated with compression stockings, sclerotherapy (vein injections), Radiofrequency ablation (RFA - performed in our office) or vein stripping and ligation.

At Virginia Beach Surgery a variety of non-invasive and pain free vascular laboratory tests that uses blood pressure, sound waves (Doppler), and electrical impulses to analyze the adequacy of blood flow in arteries and veins are scheduled and interpreted. These include cerebral vascular studies, extremity venous and arterial studies, aorta, renal artery, and mesenteric artery evaluations. We also offer vascular screening testing!

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