Acute appendicitis

It refers to the inflammation of the cecal appendix, found in the right lower quadrant of the abdomen in the initial portion of the large intestine. Typical symptoms include progressive pain resembling of cramps, originating around the belly button and in time moving closer to the hipbone.

Gallbladder stones

The presence of stones in the gallbladder is an abnormal event that can lead to serious complications that may place the patient’s life at risk. It presents itself with pain resembling of cramps, located underneath the ribs on the right side of the abdomen.

Hiatal Hernia

This condition refers to a defect of the valve located where the esophagus and the stomach meet. This valve is abnormally found open and allow the constant return of acid from the stomach to the esophagus resulting in important damage to the tissue in the esophagus.

Umbilical hernia

Consists in a defect of the complete closing of the navel. The degree of the symptoms depend on the magnitude of the defect, but generally it presents itself as a protuberance, which can get enlarged following physical effort and can generate pain of various degrees.

Inguinal hernia

Consists in a defect of the abdominal wall that results in the protrusion of soft tissue through a weak point in the groin area. The resulting bulge can be painful at the moment of making physical effort.

Thyroid gland surgery

When the thyroid gland is altered by conditions like goiter (enlargement of the thyroid gland) or the presence of a tumor, it is necessary to perform surgical removal of the thyroid gland, also called thyroidectomy. This is done through a small incision at the base of the neck. Patient generally remains hospitalized for 24 to 48 hours and requires one week for recovery.

Surgery for stomach cancer

Once stomach cancer is diagnosed, it is imperative to determine the real size of the tumor and the possibility that it might metastasize, or spread, to other important organs as are the liver and the lungs.

Colon cancer surgery

When colon cancer is diagnose, it is necessary to determine the size and extent of the cancer in order to plan the surgery. Cancer staging studies include a chest x-ray, ultrasound imaging, and a CT-scan with orally administered contrast medium to determine if the cancer is found localized in the colon or if it has spread to other organs.The extent of the surgery will depend on the results of the studies.

Hemorrhoids

Refers to the presence of enlarged or dilated veins on the anus. The need for surgery depends on the size of the hemorrhoids. The surgery consists on the removal of the dilated veins and of the skin covering them, placing stitches to prevent bleeding after the surgery.