General Surgery

Bariatric Surgery & Medical Weight Loss located in Plano and Fort Worth, TX

General Surgery

About General Surgery

General surgery provides solutions for hernias and other weight-related problems. At Barnes Bariatric Surgical Solutions, elite bariatric and general surgeon Greg Barnes, MD, has more than 25 years of experience in guiding and supporting patients as they get healthy and leave the burden of obesity behind. There’s an office in Fort Worth and Plano, Texas, so phone the nearest one or click the online scheduler now.

General Surgery Q&A

What is general surgery?

General surgery covers diagnosis, preoperative care, surgery, and postoperative care. At Barnes Bariatric Surgical Solutions, Dr. Barnes focuses on bariatric surgery (weight loss surgery) and related procedures. 

As a highly trained general surgery specialist, Dr. Barnes performs weight loss procedures and treats weight-related medical problems surgically. Many people who need weight loss surgery have health problems related to their weight. 

For example, about 8% of patients having gastric bypass surgery have a ventral hernia. Dr. Barnes can also repair other types of hernias, like hiatal hernias, and other weight-related problems within the abdomen. General surgery fixes those problems. 

What does general surgery involve?

General surgery procedures are as unique as you. Barnes Bariatric Surgical Solutions provides comprehensive care. This starts with your evaluation. This appointment determines what your medical problems are. It also decides if general surgery is right for you. 

Preparation is a big part of general surgery. This is especially true with weight-related procedures. You must make diet and exercise adjustments before surgery. Dr. Barnes may recommend trying other nonsurgical methods before surgery too. 

Dr. Barnes sometimes performs general surgeries on the same day of weight loss surgeries. But in other cases he may recommend waiting until you see the full results from your bariatric surgery. 

Dr. Barnes uses advanced minimally invasive techniques for weight loss and general surgery. This involves very small incisions, an internal miniature camera, and special surgical tools. 

Minimally invasive surgery causes less bleeding, less pain, faster recovery, and requires less time in the hospital. 

Does everyone who has bariatric surgery need general surgery too?

No, not all people undergoing bariatric surgery need general surgery. About 60-90% of diseases related to obesity go away after bariatric surgery and weight loss. 

However, if you have a chronic problem that needs immediate repair (like a hernia), you may need general surgery. You may need general surgery if your pre-surgery problem persists after you lose weight. Or, you may need surgery if you develop complications after bariatric surgery. 

Dr. Barnes and the team treat every patient on a case-by-case basis. Should you need general surgery, you’re assured of getting the ideal treatment for your individual needs. 

Call Barnes Bariatric Surgical Solutions or book your consultation online to learn more about general surgery today.