General Surgery


General Surgery services offered in Thousand Oaks and Greater Los Angeles area.

Many bariatric surgery patients need general surgery at some point to repair medical problems in the intestines, gallbladder, or other areas. At University Bariatrics in Thousand Oaks, California, skilled general and bariatric surgeon Amir Mehran, MD, offers the best in both types of surgery. Book your appointment online or call the University Bariatrics office nearest to you now. 

What is general surgery?

General surgery is a broad category that covers all aspects of preoperative, operative, and postoperative care for people with many different conditions and diseases. 

As board-certified general surgeons, the University Bariatrics specialists have wide-ranging knowledge and skills in many different areas, particularly those relevant to people undergoing bariatric surgery. 

What problems may require general surgery?

Bariatric surgery patients may need general surgery for a few reasons, including: 

  • Colon problems like inflammatory bowel disease
  • Appendix problems like acute appendicitis
  • Dumping syndrome: When food moves too quickly from the stomach to the small intestine
  • Gallbladder problems like gallstones
  • Abdominal wall hernias: Incisional, inguinal, ventral, and umbilical
  • Lumps and bumps: Lipomas, cysts, and other types of soft tissue tumors

Some of these issues may be present before bariatric surgery, while others can develop if you have surgical complications. In general, however, the rate of serious complications among University Bariatrics patients is extremely low. 

Bariatric surgery patients may also develop other health problems. If the University Bariatrics specialists determine that your particular surgical needs fall outside their scope of practice, they can refer you to one of the other surgical specialists with whom they work on a regular basis. 

University Bariatrics is always happy to serve as a “surgical base” for their patients. 

How do I prepare for general surgery?

In general, you need to prepare by fasting before your scheduled surgery. Many surgeries take place on an outpatient basis, so before your procedure, you need to ask a friend or loved one to drive you to and from the surgical facility. 

Depending on the planned surgery, your provider may give you additional special instructions ahead of your procedure. This may involve temporarily reducing or discontinuing your current medications, and you may also have some other specific instructions. 

Preparing for general surgery isn’t always possible because some situations require emergency care. The surgeons at University Bariatrics have extensive expertise in both planned and emergency surgeries for bariatric patients. 

University Bariatrics offers comprehensive care for bariatric surgery patients, including general surgery for the problems they may encounter before or after surgery. 

To schedule your visit with a renowned bariatric and general surgeon, call the office nearest to you or click on the online scheduling link today.  To get more information, we recommend that you watch the relevant modules on EMMI, a patient education
program at www.my-emmi.com/SelfReg/UNIVERSITYBARIATRICS

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