No matter what type, surgery should always be taken seriously. At Adena, we are very serious about making every surgery safe with the highest degree of attention from our surgical teams.

Adena has more than 30 experienced surgeons on staff, performing more than 10,000 inpatient, outpatient and same day surgical procedures each year. We know that when faced with surgery, patients need to understand their procedure and be made to feel as comfortable as possible. Our experienced General Surgery teams take time to be well-prepared and know the details of each surgical case and patient. We not only highly prepare our surgical teams, but we extensively prepare our patients, taking extreme care that they know what to expect during their entire surgical experience. 

Our skilled surgeons perform procedures at Adena Regional Medical Center, Adena Greenfield Medical Center and Adena Pike Medical Center. We offer procedures that span the entire breadth of surgical sub-specialties, providing the most suitable options: traditional (open), minimally invasive and robotic-assisted surgeries, for our patients. Adena Health System is one of five Epicenters of Excellence in Ohio for robot-assisted general surgery – a distinction we are proud of and earn every single day.

At Adena, we take every precaution to ensure a safe environment for our patients, visitors and caregivers. If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, including fever or cough, call your Adena Primary Care office, or contact our COVID-19 Hotline at 740-542-SAFE (7233). If you are a new patient looking to find a healthcare provider, call 740-779-FIND (3463) or click here to find a location and provider that works best for you.

Our experienced Adena General Surgery teams are currently see the following types of surgeries: 

  • Urgent surgical procedures (tumor, cancer)
  • Elective surgery evaluations
  • EGD – Endoscopy and esophagus diagnosis testing for:
    • Speech disorders 
    • Nausea/Vomiting
  • Diagnostic colonoscopy only if:
    • Cologuard positive – If an at home test came back positive
    • Heme positive
    • Significant diarrhea
    • High colon cancer risk
    • Sigmoidoscopy – examines lower large intestine to evaluate bowl disorders and rectal bleeding

Don’t Live with Gallbladder Pain and Discomfort

Abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting after eating? Adena can help!

If you’re experiencing abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, chills, fever, chronic diarrhea, jaundice and irregular stools and urine, it could be a sign of gallstones or gallbladder disease.

The gallbladder is a small pear-shaped organ located under the liver. It stores and concentrates bile produced in the liver that gets released into the upper small intestine and aids in the digestion of fat. Gallstones are produced by the gallbladder and caused by a chemical imbalance in the bile. They very common and not problematic until they start accumulating. Foods high-fat foods such as fried foods, highly processed foods like cakes, pies and cookies, whole-milk, cheese, ice cream, butter and fatty red meat may trigger the gallstones. When the duct to the small intestine gets blocked with either gallstones or bile build-up, the resulting irritation causes inflammation that leads to abdominal pain, discomfort and often gallbladder disease.

Although medicines can be used to relieve discomfort, the definitive treatment for gallbladder issues is to remove the gallbladder surgically (cholecystectomy). Removing the gallbladder has little impact on the digestive system and the procedure is regularly done minimally invasively to reduce pain and recovery time. The Adena surgical team often performs gallbladder surgery (laparoscopic cholecystectomy) using a surgical robot to aid in precision, and often use a “single-site” surgical approach through the belly button to eliminate incision scarring.

The risks associated with not treating gallstones can include unpredictable attacks of abdominal pain, gallbladder rupture, episodes of inflammation or serious infection of the gallbladder, bile ducts or pancreas. Jaundice and discomforts like gas, vomiting, and diarrhea can occur and truly diminish quality of life.

If gallbladder issues are disrupting your life, call Adena Surgical for a consultation at 740-779-4550..


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