General Surgery

Dr Felicity Adams is a general surgeon who performs a broad range of emergency and elective procedures and operations as part of her routine working week.

General Surgery

The range of conditions/areas in which Dr Adams has been trained in and practices, include but are not limited to:

What is a Gastroscopy?
A gastroscopy (also known as an endoscopy) is a procedure that allows the examination of the lining of the upper intestinal tract, including the oesophagus, stomach and duodendum (the upper part of the small bowel). Read More

Colonoscopy
A Colonoscopy is a procedure that allows the entire colon and rectum to be examined using a thin and flexible tube called a colonoscope. Colonoscopes contain a tiny camera that transmits an image of the lining of the colon to the examining doctor. Read More

Bowel Resection
The most common reason for bowel resection is bowel cancer. At other times bowel can need to removed during emergencies such as for trauma, twisted bowel, bleeding, perforation, lack of blood supply or obstruction. In addition to bowel cancer, planned bowel resections are sometimes recommended for diverticular disease and inflammatory bowel disease. Read More

Emergency General Surgery
Dr Adams is skilled in surgical and non-surgical management of a variety of general surgical conditions. Read More

Hernia Surgery
A hernia is a weakness or hole in the muscles and fibrous coverings of the abdominal wall. Because of this, things which belong inside your abdominal cavity such as fat and bowel can push out through this hole and cause trouble. Read More

Ingrown Toenail Removal
Ingrown toenails are common and can be very painful for those suffering. They can be caused by cutting the nails incorrectly or by poorly fitting shoes. Some people’s nails are such a shape they are just prone to them. Read More

Perianal Surgery
Dr Felicity Adams regularly treats common benign perianal conditions such as haemorrhoids, anal fissure, anal skin tags and anal fistulae. Read More

Pilonoidal Sinus Surgery
A pilonoidal sinus is an area of chronic infection and/or inflammation in the skin between the buttocks. It commonly contains hair. Read More

Varicose Vein Surgery
Varicose vein are enlarged veins under the surface of the skin of the legs. Patients may simply not like the appearance of these veins, they can cause leg pain and rarely ulcers. Read More

Vasectomy
Vasectomy is a procedure for men seeking permanent contraception. It involves cutting and sealing the vas deferens which is the tube which carries sperm from the testicles to the penis. Read More

Wound Management
Dr Adams has skills in assessing and treating acute and chronic wounds. This is usually done in her clinic though she is able to admit patients to hospital for treatment if necessary. Read More

What is a General Surgeon?

Despite the name, General Surgeons are specialists that have undergone extensive training to become qualified. Typically they have completed at least 3-4 years of an initial university degree, 4 years of medical school, >3 years of resident training and then 5 years of surgical training. Following this there is the option of post fellowship training in a general surgical subspecialty. All up this is in excess of 15 years of training.

General Surgeons operate in both big hospitals and rural centres. Some continue to cover a broad range of general surgical conditions, whilst others subspecialise.

  • The range of conditions/areas which a general surgeon has training in/operates in include:
    All issues concerning the gut/abdomen

    • Cancer surgery
    • Benign conditions – such as gallstones, hernias, weight loss surgery
    • Emergency problems – appendicitis, bowel obstructions, etc
  • Skin surgery
  • Breast surgery
  • Endocrine surgery
  • Trauma
  • Transplant

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