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St. Marys Surgical Associates, Inc. is a group of board-certified general surgeons who offer a variety of state-of-the-art surgical procedures and bring you the latest advancements in surgery. The surgeons at St. Marys Surgical Associates, Inc. are recognized as a foremost authority in advanced techniques with specialties including, but not limited to:


We perform the colonoscopy to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of colon polyps and colon cancer. This enables us to carefully screen appropriate patients and to follow cancer patients postoperatively.

During a colonoscopy, a physician uses a colonoscope (a long, flexible instrument about 1/2 inch in diameter) to view the lining of the colon. The colonoscope is inserted through the rectum and advanced through the large intestine. For most people, a colonoscopy is a straightforward procedure; however, on rare occasion, some people may have bleeding or other complications such as a perforation (tear) that may require a hospital stay.

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An upper endoscopy is a procedure that allows the doctor to see the esophagus, stomach and the first part of the small intestine with an endoscope. The doctor can then view the inside of the digestive system and, if necessary, insert instruments to remove a sample of tissue for biopsy. It is an excellent test for finding the cause of bleeding from the upper gastrointestinal tract. It's also more accurate than X-ray films for detecting inflammation, ulcers and tumors of the esophagus, stomach and duodenum.

The endoscope does not interfere with your breathing, Most patients consider the test only slightly uncomfortable, and many patients fall asleep during the procedure.

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Gallbladder Surgery

Gallstone disease is one of the most common problems we as general surgeons see. Gallbladder removal surgery is called for when gallstones have formed, blocking the flow of bile and leading to attacks that can cause severe pain and discomfort. Over 95% of gallbladder surgeries can be performed laparoscopically through several small openings which offers the patient a quicker recovery time and less pain.

During a laparoscopic gallbladder surgery, a tube carrying a video camera is inserted through an incision in the navel. The surgery is then performed under the guidance of this camera. Tiny instruments are used to cut and clip the ducts and arteries attached to the gallbladder and to remove the gallbladder from the body.

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Hernia surgery

Hernias are common problems in both men and women that can be quite painful and unsightly. A hernia occurs when part of an organ protrudes through a weak point or tear in the thin muscular wall that holds the abdominal organs in place.

While the patient is sedated and pain-free (local anesthesia or spinal anesthesia) or deep asleep and pain-free (general anesthesia), a small incision is made over the hernia. The bulging tissue or organ is replaced inside the muscle wall, the muscle tissue is repaired, and the skin is closed. Hernias can be repaired using a small incision or with minimally-invasive laparoscopy.

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The appendix is a small, finger-shaped pouch of intestinal tissue arising from the cecum near its junction with the small intestine. On occasion, it may become infected and must be surgically removed before it ruptures and spreads infection to the entire abdominal space. Although most people are familiar with appendicitis, it is a relatively rare disease.

For many patients, an appendectomy can be performed laparoscopically. Our sugeons insert a tiny camera and the surgical instruments necessary to remove the infected appendix. Because the laparoscope allows the surgeon to see inside the abdominal cavity, the laparoscopic method eliminates the need for the much longer incision associated with a conventional appendectomy.

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Colorectal and Colon Surgery

We offer advanced techniques in colorectal surgery and have a very high patient satisfaction rate. Some common problems that can be treated with laparoscopic colon surgery include polyps, diverticulosis/diverticulitis, inflammatory bowel disease, and colon/rectal cancer or tumors.

In the majority of such cases, colon surgery involves a removal of the primary cancer and regional lymph nodes, along with the removal of sections of normal bowel on both sides of the cancer when treating colon cancer (see diagram), and the removal of the mesorectum (the tissue attached to and supporting the rectum) when treating rectal cancer (see diagram).

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