General Surgery

What is general surgery?

General surgery relates to surgery and treatment on many different parts of the body. It may involve abdominal surgery, treatment for traumatic injuries, surgical treatment of cancer, and surgery related to the heart and blood vessels.

Dr Whiting’s Bariatric Surgery Specialties

Laparoscopic hernias

A hernia occurs when tissues, or sometimes intestines, protrude through a gap in the muscles of the abdominal wall.
Laparoscopic treatment of hernias is a minimally invasive technique used on patients whose hernias are small. Laparoscopy generally has a lower risk of infection, less recovery time, and less pain for patients.


A cholecystectomy is the removal of a patient’s gallbladder. This surgery is often performed laparoscopically and is generally used for patients experiencing gallstones, large gallbladder polyps, and pancreatitis (pancreas inflammation).

Selected colonic surgeries

Colonic surgeries refer to surgeries involving the colon or rectum (the large intestine). These surgeries are often performed to treat cancers in that area, inflammatory bowel disease, or bowel blockages. Depending on the surgery needed, Dr Whiting will determine what sort of colonic surgery you may require and the recommended treatment.


A haemorrhoid occurs due to the thickening of the lining in the anal canal, causing the veins in that area to enlarge and show symptoms such as bleeding, pain, and discomfort. Haemorrhoids can be either internal or external to the anus. If you are noticing blood when you have a bowel movement, it is important to consult your General Practitioner as the symptoms of haemorrhoids can be similar to bowel cancer.

Emergency surgery

In addition to his general surgery specialties, Dr Whiting also performs emergency surgeries for patients. These include:

  • Appendicitis
  • Diverticulitis
  • Pancreatitis
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Abscess

Want to learn more about how Dr Whiting can assist with your gastrointestinal surgery?