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General Surgery

The Department of Surgery at St. John's Episcopal Hospital provides comprehensive general surgical care for the Rockaway region. We work in collaboration with all of the other medical professionals within the hospital and maintain the commitment of the hospital to care for the surrounding community. The department offers a wide range of minimally and less-invasive procedures, including those that use laparoscopic and endoscopic techniques. Surgeons use the smallest incisions possible or the body's natural openings to insert thin, flexible instruments and tiny cameras to perform video-assisted surgery. Minimally invasive surgery results in fewer complications, shorter hospital stays, quicker recoveries and less scarring.

Commonly treated Conditions and Procedures:

  • All Basic General Surgical Procedures
  • Advanced Laparoscopic and Minimally Invasive Procedures
  • All hernia repairs including complex recurrent hernia repairs; Ventral, inguinal, femoral, spigelian, obturator, umbilical, epigastric and hiatal
  • Gallbladder and biliary disease
  • Small bowel and Colorectal disorders, including colorectal cancer, diverticular disease, anal disease, hemorrhoids, and pilonidal disease
  • Appendectomy
  • Acute Care Surgery and Emergency Surgery
  • Anti-reflux operations (GERD); Fundoplication
  • Various benign and malignant stomach diseases, including complications related to previous bariatric surgery
  • Various benign and malignant breast diseases
  • Bronchoscopy, Thoracentesis, Paracentesis
  • Tracheostomy
  • Diagnostic and therapeutic colonoscopy
  • Diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy, including feeding access

The Team:

  • Sheldon Genack, MD, FACS Chairperson, Department of Surgery
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