Other Types of Surgical Procedures:
- Hemorrhoidectomy – Hemorrhoids are painful, swollen veins located in the rectum or anus. A Hemorrhoidectomy is a surgery to remove the hemorrhoids, allowing a patient relief of the painful, itching, and generally aggravating condition. The procedure is usually performed on an outpatient basis and is well tolerated. To learn more, visit WebMD.
- Lymph Node Biopsy / Dissection – The lymph system is the body’s primary defense against infection. Lymph vessels are similar to veins, only, instead of carrying blood throughout the body, they carry lymph, a special fluid that contains specialized cells and proteins to help the body fight infection as well as clean the body of foreign waste and bacteria. Sometimes, cancer cells can break off from the primary cancer site and travel through the body via the lymph system. A lymph node biopsy removes lymph nodes and allows doctors to look at the nodes under a microscope to determine if any cancer cells have been collected. This helps your medical team determine your best treatment plan. For more information about this test, please visit PubMed.
- Pilonidal Cyst Excision – A Pilonidal Cyst is a cyst that forms in the cleft of the buttocks. The cyst may contain skin debris or hair and can become infected or filled with pus. Like other abscesses, it may require draining in order to heal as antibiotics do not usually help a pilonidal cyst. For more information, see Baptist Online.
- Liver Biopsy– During a liver biopsy, Dr. Fore will remove a small amount of tissue and fluid from the liver to be further evaluated under a microscope. The test will help your medical team find answers to abnormal liver enzyme tests, unexplained jaundice, liver abnormalities found on certain types of imaging (CT Scans, ultrasounds), or an unexplained enlargement of the liver. There are three different types of liver biopsies:
- Percutaneous – A small incision is made into the abdomen and a needle is inserted to take a small tissue sample.
- Laparoscopic – A thin lighted tube with a camera attached is inserted through the abdomen. The camera sends images of the liver to a monitor to allow Dr. Fore to see the liver, and choose which areas of the liver to biopsy.
- Transvenous – Some patients may have blood clotting problems or fluid in the abdomen and will require this procedure. A small incision is made in the neck and a small, hollow tube (called a catheter) is inserted into the jugular vein and guided to the liver. A needle is then inserted into the catheter and used to biopsy the liver.
You can read more about liver biopsies at the NDDIC.