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General Surgery

Few specialties cover as much area as general and acute care surgery. CMU Health offers surgical treatment in areas as unique as trauma, colorectal surgery, endocrine surgery, surgical oncology and vascular surgery. Whether you develop a hernia over time or have a complex infection that sends you to the emergency room, our surgeons have you covered.

Our Surgery department proudly boasts a team approach, allowing each patient to receive optimized care by subspecialized surgeons. While most urgent surgeries can be performed by a general surgeon, certain circumstances are better-suited by having a surgeon with additional experience and fellowship training. CMU Health is proud to provide the broadest surgical group in the Saginaw area.

For many patients, their first encounter with a surgeon happens in the emergency room. CMU Health surgeons help treat patients with acute surgical emergencies at both Ascension St. Mary’s and Covenant HealthCare in Saginaw, and take emergent transfers from the surrounding Mid-Michigan area.

Conditions Treated

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

  • Abscess
  • Acute pancreatitis
  • Appendicitis
  • Dead bowel
  • Gallbladder infection (cholecystitis)
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Incarcerated hernia
  • Intra-abdominal bleeding
  • Perforated esophagus
  • Perforated stomach or small intestine ulcer
  • Necrotizing fasciitis

Procedures Performed

  • Colectomy is the removal of a portion of the colon for any reason, including diverticulitis, colon cancer, large polyps or stricture.
  • Incision and drainage consist of surgically opening an abscess to allow drainage and help the infection clear.
  • 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.
  • Repair of perforated ulcer is an open operation to identify a hold in the stomach or small intestine, possibly including biopsy, with patching of the hole using omentum (fatty tissue that hangs down from the stomach and liver) or other nearby tissue.
  • 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 either be open or minimally invasive surgery to reduce an abdominal wall defect and repair the hole using mesh and suture.

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. However, many procedures are done in our office and do not require a trip to the hospital.

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.

Our General Surgeons