Areas of Expertise

General Surgery
General surgery involves the skill and ability to care for a wide variety of
surgical problems. A general surgeon has completed 5 to 6 years of extensive
residency training beyond medical school. Common surgeries performed by a
general surgeon include gallbladder surgery, surgery for appendicitis and hernia
repair. STSA Surgeons are experienced with both open and laparoscopic

Laparoscopic / Robotic Surgery
Specializing in advanced laparoscopic and robotic surgery, especially for
gastroesophageal reflux, solid organ surgery such as adrenalectomies and
splenectomies, both ventral and inguinal hernia repair as well as
laparoscopic colon surgery.

One of the first to offer laparoscopic surgery at South Buffalo Mercy Hospital,
South Towns Surgical Associates is committed to staying on the cutting edge
of this new technology. Laparoscopy is a technique that allows for surgery in
the abdominal cavity with the assistance of a laparoscope. The laparoscope
is a thin telescope-like tube, which allows the surgeon to view the internal
abdominal area on a monitor. The advantages of this procedure include:

• Less pain and discomfort
• A shorter hospital stay
• An earlier return to normal activities
• Smaller incisions
• Less visible scarring
• Increased safety in very ill patients

Laparoscopy is often used to correct abnormal reflux of gastric acids into
the esophagus (GERD), for the diagnosis and treatment of acute appendicitis
and gallbladder disease and many disorders of the pelvis and female
reproductive organs.

SILSTM: Surgery with the potential of no visible scars.
From multiple incisions to one. Offering patients the newest advancement
in surgery, the SILSTM procedure replaces the three to four incisions required
by standard laparoscopic and robotic assisted surgeries with just one incision
in the belly button. The benefits to patients include the potential elimination
of visible scars and the pain associated with multiple points of entry.

Vascular Surgery
Disorders of the vascular system can generally be divided into two categories:
diseases of the arteries and disorders of the veins (see chart).

Vascular surgeons diagnose, treat and provide follow-up for this disease process.
It encompasses the treatment of diseases of the blood vessels in all areas but
the heart. Artery problems of the lower extremities include occlusions, or blockages
within the arteries, and aneurysms, or a ballooning of the artery caused by the
weakening of the arterial wall.

Disorders of the veins, on the other hand, most commonly affect young to middle
aged women, though they can be seen in both sexes and in all age groups.

Venous disorders are not nearly as serious as blocked arteries or aneurysms,
but they are very common and very disabling to those who develop them. There
are a variety of newer procedures to treat venous problems, and STSA can
provide you the care you need to treat these problems.