General Gastrointestinal Surgery

Earl McAllister, MD, FACS

Board Certified General Surgeon located in Tampa, FL

No matter what organ or area of your abdomen needs surgical attention, you can count on the expertise of a surgeon who specializes in general gastrointestinal surgery. Earl McAllister, MD, FACS, skillfully performs surgery whether you need relief from acid reflux or a complex procedure to remove cancer. Dr. McAllister takes great pride in working directly with patients from their first consultation through their postoperative recovery. If you have questions about your treatment options, call Florida Medical Clinic in Tampa, Florida, or schedule a consultation using the online booking feature.

General Gastrointestinal Surgery Q & A

What is general gastrointestinal surgery?

To become a general gastrointestinal surgeon, Dr. McAllister went through five additional years of medical training. He’s an expert in all aspects of your care before, during, and after surgery, and he’s fully trained in the broad range of medical conditions affecting your abdomen.

In addition to being a highly skilled abdominal surgeon, he is well-known for the warm and compassionate support he gives each patient throughout their surgery and recovery.

What types of health conditions are treated with abdominal surgery?

Numerous health conditions develop in your abdomen that may require surgical intervention. This is only a partial list of the problems Dr. McAllister may treat:

  • Hernias
  • Acid reflux
  • Diverticulitis
  • Appendicitis
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Gallbladder disease (gallstones, cholecystitis)
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis)

In other words, abdominal surgery encompasses all conditions affecting the organs found in your abdominal area, including your stomach, liver, pancreas, kidneys, small intestine, colon, and rectum.

What types of surgery are performed during general abdominal surgery?

Dr. McAllister has extensive experience performing three types of abdominal surgery:

Open surgery

Open surgery uses one large, open incision. As a result, you’ll stay in the hospital longer, you’ll experience more pain, have an increased risk of complications, and your recovery is slower, compared to the other two options.

Minimally invasive surgery

During minimally invasive surgery, Dr. McAllister makes several small incisions, and then inserts narrow tools through the incisions. One tool contains a camera and lighting that sends a view of the surgical site to a monitor. The end of the tool outside your body is manually controlled to perform your procedure.

Robotic surgery

This is also minimally invasive surgery, but instead of manually manipulating the surgical instruments, Dr. McAllister wears sensors on his hands, then his hand movements control robotic arms that are holding the tools.

The robotic arms can work in very small areas inside your body without harming the surrounding tissues. Dr. McAllister uses the da Vinci® Surgical System, which equips the robotic arms with technology that gives them more precise movement and a range of motion that’s superior to human hands.

Compared to open surgery, minimally invasive and robotic surgery both provide benefits such as quicker healing, less postoperative pain, and minimal scarring.

When you develop any abdominal condition that may require surgical intervention, call Florida Medical Clinic or use the online booking feature to schedule a consultation.