General Surgery Procedures
available in our San Antonio & South Texas offices
Dr. Palafox performs the following general surgery procedures
Appendectomy in San Antonio
Removal of your appendix
Appendicitis is one of the most common causes of abdominal pain resulting in surgery, and about 5% of all Americans experience it at some point in their lives. If you are experiencing abdominal pain or swelling on your lower right side, vomiting, diarrhea, and loss of appetite, schedule an appointment with us immediately.
Biopsy in San Antonio
A Tissue Sample
A biopsy is simply a small tissue sample taken from your body that allows us to test it more closely for the presence of, cause of, or extent of a disease. We take many biopsies in our office under local anesthesia. More extensive biopsies are scheduled in the hospital under general anesthesia.
Breast Reduction Surgery in San Antonio
Women and men with disproportionately large breasts often experience pain and discomfort. During a breast reduction surgery, we remove excess fat, tissue and skin to alleviate these concerns. If you are tired of pain associated with the size of your breasts, schedule a breast reduction consultation today.
Colectomy in San Antonio
Removal of all or part of your colon
Your colon is the large tubelike organ at the end of your digestive tract - it's also called your large intestine. A colectomy is performed to treat and/or prevent diseases and conditions such as uncontrolled bleeding, bowel obstructions, colon cancer, Chrohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and diverticulitis.
Colonoscopy in San Antonio
A close look inside your colon
During a colonoscopy, we use a small flexible tube with a lighted camera at the end to take a close look at the inner lining of your rectum and colon. This helps us find and prevent ulcers, polyps, tumors, inflammation and bleeding. The procedure is done right in our office. Women and men over Age 50 should have a colonoscopy every 10 years. Schedule your colonoscopy today.
Endoscopy in San Antonio
A close look at your internal organs & vessels
An endoscopy is a procedure used for multiple reasons, and there are many types of endoscopy based on the area of the body that they "investigate". During an endoscopy, we use a small flexible tube with a lighted camera at the end for both visual examinations of organs as well as biopsies.
Fistula Removal in San Antonio
an abnormal connection between 2 body parts
Fistulas typically occur between two blood vessels, intestines, or other hollow organs, and are most often the result of injury or surgery. Although they can occur almost anywhere, some of the more common fistulas are anal fistulas, which are typically the result of a previous or current anal abscess, obstetric fistulas, rectovaginal fistulas, and biliary fistulas. If you suspect you might have a fistula, schedule an appointment today.
Gallbladder Removal in San Antonio
removal of your gallbladder
Technically called a laparoscopic cholecystectomy, gallbladder removal surgery is one of the most commonly performed surgical procedures. We perform this procedure to provide relief from gallstones and other problems associated with your gallbladder. If you are experiencing pain in the mid to upper right section of your abdomen, nausea, vomiting, fever, chills, chronic diarrhea or unusual stools, schedule an appointment with us today.
Hemorrhoidectomy in San Antonio
Surgical hemorrhoidectomy is the most effective treatment for hemorrhoids, and is used for both internal and external hemorrhoids. You will be given general anesthesia so that you do not feel pain during the procedure. If you suspect you might have hemorrhoids, schedule a consultation today.
Hernia Repair in San Antonio
Keeping organs from making an "exit"
There are many different types of hernias, from inguinal groin hernias, one of the most common types, to hiatus, incisional, and umbilical. In all hernia, an organ within the body is basically escaping through a hole in the cavity in which it normally resides. If you are experiencing pain when coughing, exercising, or going to the restroom, schedule an appointment today.
Port Placement in San Antonio
A device placed for easy access to your veins
We surgically place ports for cancer patients and other patients who may need frequent intravenous infusions. A port is a small device that connects your larger veins to a catheter and a small reservoir, giving your oncologist or other physician a direct and pain-free treatment route. Schedule a port placement today.
Skin Tag Removal in San Antonio
a small, soft skin growth
Skin tags are very common growths that look like a small piece of hanging skin. People may have one or hundreds of skin tags. Although they are harmless, they are often annoying. They occur most frequently in place where your skin creases - such as on your neck, in your armpits, or in your groin area. If you have one more more skin tags you would like removed, schedule an appointment today for quick and easy removal.
Varicose Vein Treatment in San Antonio
removal or treatment of venous disease
Venous disease ranges from small spider veins just underneath the skin surface to varicose veins. Chronic vein insufficiency includes those changes — swelling, skin changes or ulcerations of the skin—that are usually associated with reflux in the veins. We provide both surgical and non-surgical options for the treatment of varicose veins.
Wound Debridement in San Antonio
removal of dead tissue from a wound
As you heal from a substantial wound, sometimes dead tissue needs to be removed in order to promote further wound healing.