Northside Hospital - General surgery


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Atlanta:  (404) 459-1200
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Atlanta:   (404) 851-8563
Meridian Mark:  (404) 459-1790
Alpharetta:  (770) 667-4060
Forsyth:   (770) 844-3285

General Surgery

Northside Hospital general surgeons lead the field by performing gallbladder removal, hernia repair, gastrointestinal surgery and breast surgery by traditional and state-of-the art laparoscopic techniques. In fact, we are nationally recognized as a pioneer in laparoscopic surgery due to our innovative technology and surgical expertise.

Robotic Surgery

Many of the surgeons on staff at Northside are nationally and internationally recognized for their expertise in minimally invasive techniques utilizing our advanced robotic surgery technology. Combined with the skill and experience of the operating room nurses and surgical technologists, this level of expertise is critical in the success of utilizing Northside's innovative procedures.

General surgery has indications for robotics in procedures involving the gastrointestinal tract such as esophagus, gallbladder and other general surgery procedures. Most recently, robotic technology has been used in performing weight loss surgery, as well as in combination with Single-Site™ (single incision) technology. Read more about our robotic surgery program.

Gallbladder removal (cholecystectomy) for gallstones, inflammation or severe gallbladder disease

Laparoscopic surgery is usually the method of choice to remove the gallbladder, but Northside was on the cutting edge, performing Georgia's first ever Single-Site™ surgery, a cholecytectomy (gallbladder removal) using robotic technology. The robotic procedure is even less invasive than traditional laparoscopic surgery and reduces the appearance of scarring. 

Colon and Rectum removal (colectomy) for colon cancer, colitis or intestinal obstruction

This procedure is available via traditional laparoscopy and single-incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS) at Northside Hospital.

Colon Resection (abdominal perineal resection)

Colon resection involves removing part of or all of the colon for the treatment of colorectal cancer. The goal is to take out the parts of the colon that are affected by cancer. It is the most successful treatment for colon cancer to date. Northside Hospital offers minimally invasive colon resection procedures via traditional laparoscopic and single-incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS)

NOTES (Natural Orifice Translumenal Endoscopic Surgery)

Our surgeons continue to explore ways to make procedures as non-invasive as possible. NOTES uses the body’s natural openings to introduce surgical scopes and instruments, seeking to avoid exterior incisions. Instead, internal incisions (in the throat or pelvic floor, for example) allow access to the abdominal or pelvic cavity.

  • TORS (Transoral Surgery) for conditions of the head and neck – Northside was the first in Atlanta to perform robotic TORS for ENT surgery.
  • TAMIS (Transanal Minimally Invasive Surgery) for rectal disease

Hernia Repair

Hernias occur when the inner layers of abdominal muscle become weakened, causing the lining of the abdomen to bulge out and form a sac. When this happens, it's possible that part of the intestine or abdominal tissue may enter the sac. Hernias occur most commonly in the groin (inguinal hernia), the navel (umbilical hernia), and at the incision site of a previous surgery. For some patients, hernias can cause severe pain and other potentially serious problems (e.g., infection, bowel obstruction) and surgery may be the only way to alleviate this pain.

Spleen Removal (splenectomy)

The spleen is an organ in the upper far left part of the abdomen and acts as the body's blood filter. You may need a splenectomy or surgery to remove the spleen if you have an injury or illness that damages the organ, causing it to break or rupture. A ruptured spleen can lead to life-threatening internal bleeding. Common injury-related causes of ruptured spleen include motor vehicle accidents and severe blows to the abdomen during contact sports, such as football or hockey. You may also need to have your spleen removed if you have cancer involving the spleen or certain diseases that affect blood cells.

Anti-Reflux Surgery (nissen fundoplication) for gastroesophageal reflux disease

This procedure is used for people suffering from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), or who have a hiatal hernia, which is a hernia that occurs when a small portion of the stomach pushes upward through the diaphragm causing acid reflux. During the procedure, the upper curve of the stomach (the fundus) is wrapped around the esophagus and sewn into place so that the lower portion of the esophagus passes through a small tunnel of stomach muscle. This strengthens the valve between the esophagus and stomach and stops acid from backing up into the esophagus as easily.

Removal of Adrenal Glands (adrenalectomy)

Adrenalectomy is the surgical removal of one of both adrenal glands. Removal may be necessary if you have cancer or a growth that looks like it might turn into cancer. Sometimes a mass in the adrenal gland may need to be removed because it releases a hormone, causing harmful side effects. Adrenal tumors are relatively rare but can cause significant problems including hypertension, excessive sweating, palpitations, weight gain, headaches and other symptoms. Surgical options include minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery, which involves making approximately 3 to 4 small keyhole (<1cm) incisions in the abdomen, as well as robotic surgery.


Northside Hospital Atlanta

1000 Johnson Ferry Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30342
(404) 851-8000

Northside Hospital Cherokee

450 Northside Cherokee Blvd.
Canton, GA 30115
(770) 224-1000

Northside Hospital Duluth

3620 Howell Ferry Road
Duluth, GA 30096
(678) 312-6800

Northside Hospital Forsyth

1200 Northside Forsyth Drive
Cumming, GA 30041
(770) 844-3200

Northside Hospital Gwinnett

1000 Medical Center Blvd.
Lawrenceville, GA 30046
(678) 312-1000

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