General Surgery offered at Mercy in Baltimore

Minimally Invasive Surgery at Mercy - Baltimore

The surgeons at The Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, perform general surgery to treat a wide variety of conditions. Our doctors work with patients individually to determine if general surgery is appropriate for their symptoms and disorders.

What is General Surgery?

General or open surgery is the traditional type of surgery performed by surgeons. A surgeon makes an incision or multiple incisions into the body and performs the procedure. General surgery may be the optimum choice for some patients, and not all procedures can be performed as minimally invasive laparoscopic or robotic surgeries. Patients may be treated with general, traditional surgery because it is the procedure that offers them the best possible surgical outcome.

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How is a General Surgery performed?

In general surgery, a surgeon makes a long incision or several incisions to insert instruments for the procedures. The surgeon visualizes his work through the incision alone. The average incision is several inches long.

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Who should receive General Surgery?

Patients who have had abdominal surgeries in the past or are diagnosed as obese are better candidates for general surgery.  If the procedure cannot be performed minimally invasively techniques, then general surgery is the only option. Other considerations include the complexity of the surgery, if multiple surgeries are being performed, or if the surgery is an emergency situation. 

Doctors and patients discuss the options together to determine the best treatment plan unless it is an emergency response. 

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Why have General Surgery at Mercy?

The surgeons of The Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery are equally experienced in general surgery and perform traditional surgery if it’s the best possible option for their patient. Our doctors work in the state-of-the-art operating rooms of The Mary Catherine Bunting Center and have access to the latest technology. 

Patients receive the full services of an entire hospital team and after surgery, recover in the private rooms of The Bunting Center, Mercy’s Main Hospital.

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Minimally Invasive Surgery at Mercy - Baltimore
Thomas Swope, M.D.

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Dr. Thomas Swope, Director of the Center, performs advanced minimally invasive procedures, including robotic surgery using the da Vinci® surgical system.

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