Y. H. Salem, MD, FACS
Acid Reflux and General Surgeon & Varicose Vein Specialist located in Huntington Beach, CA & Anaheim, CA
If you’re like the majority of Americans, you’ll require surgery at some point during your lifetime. Dr. Y.H. Salem is an experienced general surgeon who repairs a variety of medical problems — such as gastrointestinal and skin conditions — to restore your quality of life. Call Dr. Salem with offices located in Foothill Ranch, Huntington Beach, and Anaheim, California, to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online today.
What is general surgery?
Because he’s an experienced general surgeon, you can count on Dr. Salem to surgically repair just about any medical problem for whole body care. Some common issues Dr. Salem treats surgically include:
- Complete body wound care
- Hiatal, abdominal wall, and other hernias
- Thyroid problems
- Varicose veins
- Breast conditions
- Colon problems
- Acid reflux (and GERD)
What does general surgery entail?
Before surgery, Dr. Salem completes a physical exam and goes over your medical history with you. He may request blood work, imaging tests, or other procedures to diagnose health conditions that may require surgery. He’ll go over nonsurgical and surgical treatment options with you.
During surgical procedures, Dr. Salem uses the least invasive, latest technology (including laparoscopic surgical repair) and the smallest incisions. For some procedures, such as minimally invasive transoral incisionless fundoplication (TIF), an incision is not a requirement.
How should I prepare for my surgery?
Dr. Salem lets you know how to prepare for surgery. For general surgical procedures, he’ll recommend you:
- Arrange for an adult to drive you home after surgery and stay with you for the first 24 hours after surgery
- Bathe or shower before surgery to prevent infection
- Wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothes the day of surgery
- Avoid eating or drinking before surgery
- Complete blood tests or imaging tests as needed
- Leave contact lenses at home
- Remove all jewelry and leave it at home
Taking these steps will get your surgery off to the best possible start.
How will recovery after surgery go?
If you’ve had anesthesia, you’ll go into a recovery room after surgery until the anesthesia wears off. Clinical staff monitors your vitals to make sure recovery is going well.
Once you’re ready to be discharged, Dr. Salem gives you and a responsible adult you’re with postsurgery instructions to maximize recovery and lower your risk for surgical complications. Be sure to:
- Get plenty of rest
- Drink lots of water
- Follow all postsurgery instructions
- Take medications as prescribed, or as needed for pain
- Attend all follow-up appointments with Dr. Salem
When you’re ready to enhance your quality of life and correct medical conditions requiring surgical repair, call Dr. Salem’s office today or book an appointment online.