The general surgery specialty includes treatment of the abdomen and everything inside it, the digestive system, the lungs, skin and soft tissue. Our surgeons are continually advancing our educations to stay current with the latest innovations so we can offer you the most effective proven methods in general surgery.
We perform many surgeries with minimally invasive procedures. This type of surgery is performed with much smaller incisions than we use for traditional surgery and results in less pain and scarring and faster recovery times. When you come in for your appointment, your doctor will explain your options and whether this is the most appropriate surgical approach for you.
Our general surgery services include (but aren’t limited to) a wide range of procedures:
(Procedures shown in bold indicate those areas where we offer specialized diagnostic programs.)
You may have detected a small lump in your breast that wasn’t there last month. Or your doctor may be concerned about a suspicious spot on your mammogram. Or you may have been told you need breast surgery for breast cancer and are looking for the right surgeon.
At Grants Pass Surgical Associates, your well-being is our first priority. We help you cope with the stress and fear you are feeling with accurate diagnosis and supportive care.
Comprehensive breast evaluation
First, we want you to know that being sent to a surgeon does not mean you have cancer. Non-cancerous breast conditions are very common and don’t require treatment. Once we have done a thorough exam, we will provide you with our diagnosis and all the information you need to understand it.
Expert cancer treatment
Should we detect cancer, we will work with you and your other doctors to determine the best treatment options for you. Surgery is the most common first step in treatment and our surgeons are highly trained in both surgical oncology (cancer-related surgery) and breast reconstruction.
Breast procedures we perform routinely:
You don’t have to live with undiagnosed digestive pain, heartburn, weight loss, vomiting or difficulty swallowing. Grants Pass Surgical Associates can provide answers quickly and comfortably using a non-surgical procedure called endoscopy. We also perform routine colonoscopies to screen for colorectal cancer.
The doctors at Grants Pass Surgical Associates are specialists at detecting all gastrointestinal conditions with the latest tools and techniques. We take special care to make your endoscopy experience painless and stress-free.
Get answers and solutions for gastrointestinal pain. When your pain or discomfort is in your esophagus (the tube that connects your throat to your stomach), stomach or upper part of the small intestine, we perform an upper endoscopy to detect problems your primary care doctor may have missed. During this diagnostic procedure we insert a thin, flexible tube with a light and camera at its tip—called an endoscope—through the mouth and throat.
The endoscope sends images of your digestive tract to a monitor for evaluation of a range of conditions that include:
Schedule your colonoscopy to prevent colorectal cancer. Colorectal cancer is the most avoidable and treatable form of cancer when detected early. The best way to screen for it is with a colonoscopy. A colonoscopy involves placing an endoscope through the rectum and into the large intestine (colon) to search for precancerous or cancerous growths.
If we find any growths we can remove them during the colonoscopy and test them for cancer. Removing precancerous growths prevents them from becoming cancerous. Colon cancer is slow growing, so even if a growth is cancerous, detecting it early makes the cancer easier to treat.
When to have a colonoscopy
We can provide minimally invasive treatment for varicose veins. These bulging, rope-like veins could mean that tiny valves in the veins in your legs have stopped working properly to keep blood flowing in the right direction.
Proper diagnosis of varicose veins is critical to successful treatment. If you suspect you have varicose veins, you’re not alone. Over half the population over 50 suffer from some form of them. Many younger people do too. Varicose veins can ache and cause feelings of fatigue or cramping. You may also have skin conditions like a rash, redness or sores on your legs. Standing or sitting for too long can make these symptoms worse.
Accurate diagnosis is done using duplex ultrasound. Your surgeon will first conduct a physical exam and ask you questions about your general health, medical history, and symptoms. He or she will also examine the texture and color of any prominent veins. Depending on findings, we may recommend a duplex ultrasound test that uses sound waves to measure the speed of blood flow and examine the structure of your veins. This should take about 20 minutes per leg and gives us the information we need to make the most accurate diagnosis possible.
When the veins in your legs are healthy, blood circulates smoothly from your feet to your heart. But sometimes the blood in your leg veins can pool and increase the pressure in your veins. This often happens when you don’t get proper exercise or sit or stand too long. Eventually the walls of those veins weaken. Pooling blood can also damage the one-way flaps, called valves, that keep your blood flowing in the right direction. The result can be varicose veins.
While varicose veins are not life threatening, a severe case can slightly increase your chance of developing a deep vein thrombosis (DVT). DVT can cause sudden, severe leg swelling and always requires immediate medical attention. With proper diagnosis, we can make sure this never happens to you.
Advanced, safe treatments have you back on your feet quickly. Thanks to advances in medicine, we can offer a variety of treatments for both varicose veins and spider veins (dilated blood vessels that appear on the legs, hands, chest and face). Most procedures can be done without any sedation so you can go right back to your normal activities.
Our vein treatments include:
Any disease or condition that affects your veins, arteries or lymphatic system can threaten the quality of your life—or your life itself. General surgeons often perform surgeries of the veins and arteries. At Grants Pass Surgical Associates, our vascular surgeons offer the highest level of training and expertise in this sub-specialty to ensure you’re in the best and most caring hands possible. Our goal is to diagnose and treat potential problems before they can do harm.
We are able to offer the highest level of care for stroke prevention and vein disorders right here in Grants Pass thanks to our highly experienced vascular surgeons, the latest in diagnostic vascular technology and a specially trained vascular technician. Our non-invasive preventive health screenings and minimally invasive vascular procedures provide fast, accurate and painless health solutions at a very reasonable cost.
Preventive health screenings assist patients and their primary care doctors in the detection of potentially life threatening conditions before they become a serious health issue. Our non-invasive health screenings are a quick, effective, and painless method of screening potentially high-risk individuals for:
Expert treatment for conditions of the veins and arteries
For your comfort and convenience, we are able to offer a range of minimally invasive vascular procedures in our vascular surgery center. Minimally invasive procedures that diagnose and treat problems with veins and arteries are safe, low risk and clinically proven.
Some of the more common issues we treat include: