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Minor Surgery and Office

Repair of lacerations
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Simple and complex lacerations can be closed here in the office without a trip to the emergency room. We are qualified to deal with lacerations almost anywhere on the body including the face, head, and hands. Local anesthesia is used with a syringe and small needle. The wounds are thoroughly cleaned, repaired with suture, and then bandaged. The sutures are usually removed during your follow-up visit in 7 – 10 days.

Removal of skin cancer
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There are many types of skin cancers. Most can be completely removed in our office under local anesthesia. The area around a skin cancer is numbed with a small needle and syringe. The cancer is removed with a knife and sent to the lab for microscopic examination. During your follow-up visit, we will remove the stitches and discuss the final report from the lab. On a rare occasion, more skin needs to be removed to obtain “clear margins” and to increase the chance of a complete cure.

Removal of moles, warts, cysts, lumps, etc.
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Many different techniques can be used for the removal of moles, warts, lumps, tattoos, scars, etc. Excision, cautery(burning), cryotherapy(freezing), and injection are available. We will individualize appropriate treatment based on your specific problem.

Sclerotherapy of varicose veins
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Unsightly varicose veins and spider veins can be treated in our office. Hypertonic saline (salt water) is injected through a very small needle into the veins and creates scar tissue within the vein. Over the next several days, there may be some bruising and swelling, but as this resolves, the varicose veins and spider veins will disappear. Repeat treatments may be necessary to achieve the desired effect. Results will vary according to the size and amount of varicose veins.

Educational videos
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Surgical Arts is dedicated to patient education. We have an extensive library of video tapes describing and actually showing many of the operations that we perform. We want each patient to be completely informed of the treatment to be given. We realize that the decision for an operation is very important and want you to be confident that you will receive the best care possible.

Skin grafing
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Certain large wounds cannot be closed normally with stitches. Partial thickness of your skin can be removed, usually from your thigh, and grafted to cover large open wounds or burns. This will require a trip to operating room, but can usually be done as an outpatient, depending on the size and cause of the wound. The success rate is quite high and will eliminate the need for wound care which can last for several weeks.

Temporal artery biopsy
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Temporal arteritis is a condition caused by irritation and spasm of the arteries around the face and head. Chronic headaches and visual problems are common symptoms. While trying to determine the cause of these symptoms, your primary care physician may refer you to a surgeon for temporal artery biopsy. This is a minor procedure performed in the office or in outpatient surgery. Small incisions are made in front of each ear and a small section of the temporal artery is removed and sent to the lab for examination. Results can be very helpful in determining treatment of this condition.

Breast ultrasound & image guided breast biopsy
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Ultrasound technology has recently become very common in the diagnosis and treatment of breast disease. This minimally invasive technique is available in our office. Needle breast biopsies can be performed under local anesthesia with ultrasound guidance, reducing the need for breast biopsies in the operating room. There is minimal discomfort and a diagnosis is made at a fraction of the cost. Once the diagnosis is made, options for definitive treatment can then be discussed and performed in the operating room. At Surgical Arts, we are dedicated to keeping current and offering “state of the art” treatment of breast disease.

Vasectomy
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Vasectomy is an excellent choice of permanent birth control. Once this difficult decision is made, Surgical Arts will ask that you watch an instructional video and sign an operative permit. The procedure is performed in our office under local anesthesia. Normal activities can be resumed the next day. We ask that you submit a specimen two weeks after the procedure to confirm that your sperm count is zero.

Ear piercing and repair torn earlobe

Thoracic

Having on staff the only Board Certified Thoracic Surgeons in the Cullman area provides us with the opportunity to offer Thoracic surgical procedures usually found only in large Metropolitan areas.

  • Diagnosis and treatment of cancer
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Surgery of the Chest Wall
  • Lung surgery
  • Pneumonectomy
  • Diaphragm surgery
  • Pulmonary Function Testing
  • Mediastinoscopy
  • Thorascoscopy and thoracoscopic surgery

Abdominal

Abdominal pain is one of the leading health complaints of Americans. Our physicians have years of experience and knowledge in diagnosing and treating abdominal pain symptoms ranging from simple heartburn to a more serious diagnosis of liver cancer.

  • Diagnosis and treatment of cancer
  • Spleen
  • Liver
  • Gallbladder
  • Small and Large intestine
  • Biliary tract
  • Stomach, Spleen, Pancreas
  • Pancreas
  • Diaphragm
  • Esophagus
  • Appendix
  • Hernias

Breast

Specializing in comprehensive breast care for women, we offer complete breast health care from annual check ups to the diagnosis, treatment and cure of breast cancer.

Routine Exams
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Our best weapon against breast cancer is early detection. Breast cancer can be cured if diagnosed early enough. Surgical Arts is dedicated in the fight against breast cancer. We routinely offer Free Breast Screening exams during Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October) of each year.

Biopsy
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There are many types of skin cancers. Most can be completely removed in our office under local anesthesia. The area around a skin cancer is numbed with a small needle and syringe. The cancer is removed with a knife and sent to the lab for microscopic examination. During your follow-up visit, we will remove the stitches and discuss the final report from the lab. On a rare occasion, more skin needs to be removed to obtain “clear margins” and to increase the chance of a complete cure.

Mastectomy (all types)
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In many cases of breast cancer, complete mastectomy may be required to give a woman the best chance for a cure. Some women may prefer mastectomy instead of breast conservation. Mastectomy refers to the removal of the entire breast and skin around the nipple. Modified radical mastectomy refers to removing the lymph nodes under the arm along with the breast. This is performed for invasive breast cancer. Simple (or Total) mastectomy is sometimes performed for noninvasive cancer and leaves the lymph nodes in place.

Augmentation (enlargement)
Diagnosis & treatment of cancer
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All suspicious breast lumps should undergo biopsy. A breast biopsy can be done in the office or in the hospital. If the diagnosis of breast cancer is made, then a decision regarding definitive treatment must be made. Surgery is almost always required. Sometimes, radiation and/or chemotherapy are also needed.

Lumpectomy
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Lumpectomy refers to removing only the portion of the breast with the cancer. Postoperative radiation is usually given to the remainder of the breast to kill any leftover cancer cells. This is also known as Breast Conservation. Lumpectomy can be used for cancer or pre-cancerous conditions. The breast usually heals with little or no change in the contour and texture of the breast tissue. The cosmetic results are far superior to mastectomy or mastectomy with reconstruction. At Surgical Arts, we are sensitive to the emotional needs of women with breast cancer. We understand that you have choices for the treatment of this disease. In most cases, Breast Conservation offers equal survival and enables a woman to keep her natural breast.

Breast conservation surgery
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Breast cancer does not automatically mean that a woman must undergo mastectomy. Equivalent survival can be obtained by performing Lumpectomy and giving post-op radiation. Sometimes, the lymph nodes under the arm are removed through a separate incision. Breast conservation enables a woman to keep her own breast. The cosmetic results are far superior to mastectomy with reconstruction. Breast conservation is well tolerated from an emotional standpoint simply because the women keeps her breast. Remember that the cure rate is the same for mastectomy or breast conservation.

Reconstruction Surgery of the Breast and Nipple

Endoscopic

As specially trained endoscopist, our physicians rely on these non-surgical procedures to directly view the stomach, colon, lungs, and esophagus. Based on their findings they can determine the best course for treating and managing the cause of your problem.

  • Esophagus
  • Stomach
  • Duodenum
  • Lung surgery
  • Pneumonectomy
  • Diaphragm surgery
  • Pulmonary Function Testing
  • Mediastinoscopy
  • Thorascoscopy and thoracoscopic surgery

Laparoscopic

Having been certified in Laparoscopic surgical procedures, our physicians believe that the introduction of the laparoscope has revolutionized surgery. The benefits of these minimally invasive techniques are less pain, less scarring, and shorter recovery period. Most patients return to their normal activities within one week of surgery.

  • Gallbladder Removal
  • Appendectomy
  • Hernia Repair
  • Ovary Removal
  • Tubal Ligation
  • Lung Biopsy
  • Colon Surgery
  • Thyroid Surgery
  • VATS Lung Removal
  • Ulcer Surgery
  • Bowel Surgery
  • Abdominal
  • Hiatal Hernia Repair

Emergency Trauma Surgery

All of our physicians are certified in Advanced Trauma Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support. We offer 24 hour Emergency Room services at all three hospitals.

Motor vehicle accidents
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The cost to society for treatment of injuries sustained from motor vehicle accidents is staggering. MVA’s account for the majority of hospital admissions for trauma in Cullman County. Initial assessment, stabilization, and definitive treatment are all essential parts of the care plan needed for these trauma victims. Surgical Arts plays a vital role in this process. After an initial evaluation by the Emergency physician, we are often called upon to render both surgical and non surgical care to the injured patient. Surgery of the neck, chest, abdomen, pelvis, and blood vessels are within our domain of expertise. We can also help coordinate treatment to be rendered by other physicians, such as orthopedics, plastic surgeons, ENT surgeons, urologists, and oral surgeons. Our general surgeons are vital to the care of these patients who are victims of motor vehicle accidents.

Lacerations
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Repair of lacerations can be quite simple or very complex. Our surgeons have the skill to repair most lacerations under local anesthesia in the office or the emergency department. Complex repairs sometimes require a trip to the operating room.

Gunshot wounds
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Penetrating trauma (gun shot and stab wounds) requires experienced and available surgeons. Our surgeons offer surgical treatment for wounds to the neck, chest, abdomen, pelvis, and extremities. We often help to coordinate surgical treatment offered by other surgeons.

Other accidents and injuries
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The residents of Cullman County and surrounding areas are very active and unfortunately, accidents do occur. Surgical Arts offers evaluation and treatment services for most all types of trauma. We also help to coordinate treatment rendered by other physicians.

Burns
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Major burns require treatment at a burn center. Initial stabilization, however, is essential for a successful outcome. This process must be started locally prior to transfer to the burn center. We can offer assistance in this regard. Minor burns (less than 10% body surface area) can usually be taken care of right here in Cullman.

Stab wounds
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Penetrating trauma (gun shot and stab wounds) requires experienced and available surgeons. Our surgeons offer surgical treatment for wounds to the neck, chest, abdomen, pelvis, and extremities. We often help to coordinate surgical treatment offered by other surgeons.