In addition to Lap-Band, Dr. Hansen performs a wide variety of general surgery procedures and has a high level of experience with the following:
Laparoscopic gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy) removes the gallbladder and gallstones through several small incisions in the abdomen. This is the best method of treating gallstones that cause symptoms.
The procedure is safe and effective, and the risk of complications is very low.
Hernias occur when the thin inside lining under the muscle wall that is closest to the internal organs pushes through the muscle. A bulge is a common sign of a hernia. When this occurs, intestines or other tissue may push out through the muscle wall lining.
Hernia repair involves re-establishing the muscle wall and using a surgical mesh to keep the insides from pushing out through the abdominal vault.
Breast Cancer Surgery, Benign Breast Disease, and Breast Cysts
When most women think of breast disease, they think of breast cancer. But there are many other diseases and conditions they need to be aware of.
Click below to learn about various conditions associated with the breasts and treatment options.
In the colon, some people have small pouches that bulge outward through weak spots where the blood vessels enter the colon. Having multiple pouches is called diverticulosis. Diverticulitis is when the diverticula are perforated, leading to inflammation and infection.
Diverticulitis occurs in 10 to 25 percent of people with diverticulosis. Approximately half of Americans ages 60 to 80, and almost everyone over age 80, have diverticulosis at some time. The disease is common in developed or industrialized countries – particularly the United States, England, and Australia – where low-fiber diets are common. It is rare in Asian and African countries where people eat high-fiber diets.
Pilonidal Lesions, Cysts, and Lipomas
Several conditions can cause abnormal growth in the body. Most of these growths are benign, though some are malignant or cancerous.
The most common growth forms more easily recognized by people are those on the skin or just under the skin in a layer called the “subcutaneous tissue.” If a growth is advancing or starting to bother the patient, surgical removal is considered, even if the growth is benign.
Frequent heartburn may mean you have acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease, also known as GERD. GERD can sometimes be treated with simple lifestyle changes, such as in diet, the timing of food consumption, and other behavioral changes. Surgery is an option when these changes, along with medication, do not work.
Acid reflux can cause severe inflammation of the esophagus, called esophagitis. The esophagus can also become strictured or have other physical changes, such as with a disease called Barrett’s esophagus. These are other factors that might make heartburn surgery the right option.
Heartburn surgery involves either open surgery or laparoscopic surgery, which is less invasive and usually the better option.
Appendix Removal Surgery (Appendectomy)
Appendicitis is one of the most common causes of emergency abdominal surgery in the United States. It usually occurs when the appendix becomes blocked by feces, a foreign object, or, rarely, a tumor.
The symptoms of appendicitis can vary. The first symptom is often pain around the belly button. The pain may be minor at first, but it becomes sharper and more severe. You may experience reduced appetite, and you may have nausea, vomiting, and a low fever. As the swelling in the appendix increases, the pain tends to move into your right lower abdomen. It focuses right above the appendix at a place called McBurney’s point. This most often occurs 12 to 24 hours after the illness starts.
If your appendix breaks open (ruptures), the pain eventually gets much worse, and surgical removal of the appendix is more difficult.
This is a condition where there is enlarged pores of the skin of the upper buttock “Crack” Can't allow hair and debris in through enlarged pores and subsequently caused problems with infection and scarring. The most definitive treatment is to have them excised which we can usually do as an office procedure and occasionally need to have the operating room for treatment. They are surgically removed through a few different options to help people not have continued problems with them. We can help you through this process and discuss options for treatment.