General Surgery


How do I set up a consult with one of the physicians? 

The best way to arrange a consultation is to call the office number, 205-620-9065 and request a consultation. 

How soon can I get this consultation?

We can usually see patients for a consultation the same day or the next day. We are happy to work within your schedule to arrange a date that works well for you. 

After I have my consultation, what happens next? 

If an operation is recommended, we will work with you to make arrangements and schedule the procedure. Or arrange for further testing and work up if needed. 

What is pre-admission testing? 

PAT is used to gather basic information and work up prior to surgery. It is necessary in order to provide the most information possible and the safest setting in which to have an operation. Sometimes conditions are found that need to be optimized prior to surgery.

When is my payment due?

Payment is due on the date of service for consultations. Our scheduling coordinator can work with you regarding payments for procedures.

Will you complete FMLA or disability forms?

We are happy to complete FMLA forms and short-term disability. We do not complete permanent disability forms.

When can I go back to work after laparoscopic surgery?

For non-manual or strenuous work, most people are back to work within one to two weeks. Four or physically demanding labor, or strenuous work, we recommend 4 to 6 weeks.

When is the redness around the wound infection?

Not all redness is secondary to an infection. When the redness is accompanied with heat, swelling, pain or drainage. It could be a sign of infection. However, any suspicion of infection of a wound would need to be evaluated by one of our surgeons.

How would my diet change after cholecystectomy?

Immediately after surgery, you will have some restrictions. Most patients may return to normal diets within a few weeks.

What are the lifting restrictions after surgery?

It is very important that you avoid lifting heavy objects several weeks after surgery to avoid developing a hernia in one of the incisions.

When can I drive?

If you have a license to drive, we generally recommend not driving a vehicle until you can operate a vehicle without any limitations due to pain or soreness after surgery. This varies but it’s usually on the order of one to two weeks. You cannot drive while taking pain medications.

What is a hernia?

A hernia is a separation or a defect in the muscles of the abdominal wall, through which organs on the inside, passed through this defect or opening.

What is mastectomy?

A mastectomy is the removal of the entire breast, as opposed to a lumpectomy, which only removed a small portion of the breast. 

How are hemorrhoids formed?

In most cases, hemorrhoids are the result of a long-term deficiency of dietary fiber with accompanying constipation on a chronic basis requiring excessive straining for bowel movements. 

How are hemorrhoids treated?

There are many ways to treat, hemorrhoids, including medication, dietary modification, lifestyle, changes, and surgery if needed.

How does robotic surgery work?

Robotic surgery is basically laparoscopic surgery in which the surgeon uses the robot as a tool to manipulate the instruments to perform the procedure. It allows very precise and delicate maneuvers in a three dimensional viewing field. It has the same benefits as laparoscopic surgery.