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General Surgery

Cleveland Clinic's Department of General Surgery is comprised of board-certified surgeons who provide evaluation and treatment for a full range of general surgery conditions. Services are available in a variety of locations for patient convenience, including the downtown Main Campus as well as suburbs located in the northeast, east, south and west quadrants of the greater Cleveland area.

The breadth of surgical services includes hepatobiliary, transplant, surgical oncology and general surgery procedures. Moreover, the staff works closely with other medical specialties to provide optimal patient care. Collaboration with referring physicians is essential to patient management.

General Surgery staff perform a variety of procedures including, but not limited, to:

  • Appendectomy
  • Cholecystectomy
  • Laparoscopic and Open Hernia Repair
    • Inguinal
    • Umbilical
    • Incisional
    • Hiatal
  • Biopsy
  • Esophagogastric Fundoplasty
  • CAPP Catheter Placement
  • Lipoma Excision
  • Laparoscopic Surgery
    • Gastrointestinal malignancies
    • Peritoneal carcinomatosis
    • Melanomas
    • Splenectomy
    • Cholecystectomy
    • Gastric Bypass
    • Exploratory Surgery
    • Liver resection
    • Radio Frequency Ablation (RFA) for liver tumors
    • Whipple
    • Nissen
    • Retroperitoneal lymph node excision

Cleveland Clinic has convenient locations throughout Northeast, Ohio.

Main Campus
Family Health Centers
Beachwood

26900 Cedar Road
Beachwood, Ohio 44122
216.839.3000

Independence

5001 Rockside Road
Crown Centre II
Independence, OH 44131
216.986.4000

Solon

29800 Bainbridge Road
Solon, OH 44139
440.519.6800

Twinsburg

8701 Darrow Road
Twinsburg, OH 44087
330.888.4000

Westlake

30033 Clemens Road
Westlake, OH 44145
440.899.5555
800.599.7771

Willoughby Hills

2570 SOM Center Road
Willoughby Hills, OH 44094
440.943.2500
800.807.2888

Ambulatory Surgery Centers and Hospitals
Euclid

99 Northline Circle, Suite 202
Euclid, Ohio 44119
216.692.1500

Hillcrest

6770 Mayfield Rd., Suite 348
Mayfield Hts., OH 44124
440.449.1101

Fairview

20455 Lorain Avenue, Suite 301
Fairview Park, OH 44126
440.673.0100

Lakewood

14519 Detroit Avenue
Lakewood, OH 44107
216.521.4200

Marymount

5555 Transportation Blvd.
Suite D
Garfield Hts, OH 44125
216.518.3650

Huron

13951 Terrace Rd.
East Cleveland, OH 44112
216.761.3300

Strongsville

16761 SouthPark Center
Strongsville, Ohio 44136
440.878.2500

Wooster

1740 Cleveland Road
Wooster, OH 44691
phone: 330.287.4500

Department of General Surgery

The Department of General Surgery provides evaluation and treatment of the full range of complex general surgery problems, often working in conjunction with colleagues in other specialties. Collaboration with referring physicians is emphasized as essential to optimal patient management.

General Surgery physicians specialize in the following areas

Location

9500 Euclid Ave
Cleveland OH, 44195
Eighth Floor - Desk A80
Crile Building
216.444.5914

How do I get an appointment with a surgeon?

You may request an appointment through this WEB site or by calling (216) 444-6664.

Is a referral from another physician necessary?

No.

What should I bring with me to the doctor's appointment?

Any tests done outside CCF may be helpful to making a decision about your care. Bring actual films of CT scans, x-rays, MRI's, etc., as well as reports. If surgery is anticipated, a recent EKG and lab work may save repeating those tests in preparation for the surgery.

How do I obtain my x-rays and reports from my referring physician?

You will need to contact the physician or facility where the tests were performed to obtain actual films, slides and reports. You will need to sign a release of information form, and then go to the facility to pick up the films, slides and reports. Always call ahead (to the Medical Records and Radiology Records departments) so that they can prepare your information for you.

What is involved in preparing me for surgery?

Besides the surgery itself and tests that may clarify your condition, we will want to be sure your overall condition is reviewed by the Anesthesia department.

First, you will answer some questions regarding your view of your health on a touch screen computer (very easy and user friendly!) Then you may be scheduled for blood work, an EKG, chest x-ray and to meet with a teaching nurse to answer any questions about your surgery and recovery. Finally, you may meet with an anesthetist nurse or physician who will discuss anesthesia and post operative pain management.

This process may take a 3-4 hour period or more, depending on tests which may be necessary.

If you are in good health and do not require preop work up or have had tests within the previous month, you may be able to talk with the teaching nurse that same day, and if no anesthesia testing is required, you may meet with them the same day of surgery.

Where should I stay if I am from out of town?

If more than an overnight stay is required by the complexity of the surgery and need for closer observation, admission to the hospital is preferable - and patients are evaluated daily as to readiness for discharge. Your surgeon will be able to give you estimated lengths of stay depending on your surgery and health status.

How long will I be hospitalized after my surgery?

Of course this depends on the type of surgery. But many surgeries can now be performed on an outpatient basis, with an option of "Extended Recovery" if the patient does not meet discharge criteria. With Extended Recovery, the patient may stay up to 23 hours in a "short stay" nursing unit, receiving full nursing care without affecting the outpatient status of the surgery.

By definition, general surgeons offer a broad range of medical services which treat a variety of organ systems including breast, hepatobiliary (liver, bile duct, pancreas), endocrine glands, gastrointestinal as well as hernia repair.

To understand the variety of available services, Cleveland Clinic general surgeons and nurses created educational brochures. Each brochure offers a definition, description of the treatment and/or procedure, risks and benefits. These are excellent tools for a patient to start the educational process toward improved health.

Click on the topic of interest to learn more.

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This information is provided by Cleveland Clinic and is not intended to replace the medical advice of your doctor or health care provider. Please consult your health care provider for advice about a specific medical condition.

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