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Abdominal Surgery

Abdominal surgery encompasses the majority of operations performed by general surgeons around the world. Whether a simple or complicated procedure is needed to treat your abdominal condition, we can help.

We offer a multitude of surgeons who are experts in routine abdominal surgeries, endoscopy and colonoscopy to treat issues of the appendix, gallbladder, stomach, intestines, liver and pancreas. Our surgeons often works in teams, offering you the highest quality of surgical service – with multiple specialized surgeons available to you within the same procedure if needed.

Using minimally-invasive techniques, along with traditional surgical approaches, abdominal surgeons at CMU Health offer effective treatment with safer and easier recovery to patients in the Great Lakes Bay Region.

Conditions Treated

Talk to your primary care physician about a referral to CMU Health Surgery if you need treatment for any of the following:

  • Appendicitis
  • Bile duct strictures and injuries
  • Cancer
  • Cholecystitis or gallbladder infections
  • Hernias
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease)
  • Pancreatitis
  • Peptic ulcer disease
  • Small bowel obstruction

Procedures Performed

  • Colectomy is the removal of a portion of the colon for any reason such as diverticulitis, colon cancer, large polyps or stricture.
  • Hepatectomy removal of a portion of the liver, done either open or through minimally invasive surgery, for tumors of the liver or chronic infections.
  • Inguinal hernia repair can either be an open or minimally invasive surgery to reduce a groin hernia and patch the hole using a small mesh to prevent recurrence.
  • Laparoscopic appendectomy is the removal of the appendix through three small incisions in the abdomen.
  • Laparoscopic lysis of adhesions involves careful excision of the scar tissue in the abdomen for treatment of a small bowel obstruction caused by a previous surgery or an infection.
  • Robotic cholecystectomy is the removal of the gallbladder through one or several small incisions.
  • Small bowel resection is the removal of a portion of the small intestines for a tumor, small bowel obstruction, or inflammatory bowel disease.
  • Ventral hernia repair may be either open or minimally invasive surgery to reduce an abdominal wall defect and repair the hole using mesh and suture.
  • Whipple procedure (pancreaticoduodenectomy) is the robotic removal of the pancreas head, first portion of the small intestine, gallbladder and bile duct with reconstruction for pancreatic tumors.

Why Choose CMU Health Surgery?

CMU Health doctors have the expertise, training and technology to provide optimal care for patients suffering from conditions requiring surgical and non-surgical treatment. Our surgeons develop treatment plans specific to each patient and give them the care and attention to attain the best possible results.

Our surgeons have privileges at both Ascension St. Mary’s and Covenant HealthCare in Saginaw. Because we have a working relationship with both hospital systems, we are able to accommodate patients with their preference of care location, including access to sites in Northern Michigan and in the Thumb for chemotherapy and/or radiation oncology.

As part of our partnership with the local hospital systems, all cancer cases from CMU Health patients may be presented a Tumor Conference at both hospitals to get a consensus statement on how to best proceed with care.

In addition to seeing patients at two regional hospitals, we also offer outpatient treatment at CMU Health Surgery on Washington Avenue in Saginaw, along with satellite office locations in Bay City, Caro, Standish and Tawas.

CMU Health Surgery is also the only surgical practice in the Saginaw area that provides access to national clinical trial enrollment through the Michigan Cancer Research Consortium.

Our Abdominal Surgeons