General surgery is a surgical specialty that focuses on abdominal contents including the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, liver, pancreas, gallbladder, appendix, and bile ducts, among other organs. However, general surgeons may also deal with diseases involving the skin, breast, soft tissue, trauma, peripheral vascular surgery, and hernias.
Dr Ruben Cohen-Hallaleh is a Specialist General Surgeon with sub-specialised training in breast cancer surgery. This means he has undergone training at the highest level in a range of general surgical procedures in addition to performing breast cancer surgery.
Endoscopy (ie: gastroscopy or colonoscopy) is a non-surgical procedure that allows a doctor to view the inside of a person’s body, typically to diagnose, inspect, and sometimes treat conditions and abnormalities within the gastrointestinal tract.
Hernia surgery is a procedure to repair a hernia, which occurs when an organ or fatty tissue protrudes through a weak spot in a surrounding muscle or connective tissue. Hernias are most common in the abdomen but can also appear in the upper thigh, belly button, and groin regions. Surgery can be done using an open approach, laparoscopic method, or robotic-assisted method.
Gallbladder surgery, commonly known as a cholecystectomy, is a surgical procedure to remove the gallbladder, a small pear-shaped organ located beneath the liver, responsible for storing bile, a digestive fluid produced by the liver. The surgery is usually recommended for patients experiencing gallstones, inflammation, or other gallbladder-related issues.
Skin cancer is the out-of-control growth of abnormal cells in the epidermis, the outermost skin layer, caused by unrepaired DNA damage that triggers mutations. These mutations lead the skin cells to multiply rapidly and form malignant tumors. The main types of skin cancer are:
Soft tissue tumors arise from the soft tissues of the body such as muscles, fat, nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissues. These tumors can be benign or malignant (sarcomas).
Dr Cohen-Hallaleh performs routine in-rooms (minor procedures) and in-theatre (major procedures) on skin cancers and soft tissue tumours.
A lipoma is a benign tumor made up of fat tissue. It is usually soft to the touch and movable under the skin. Lipomas are typically not painful unless they press against nerves or have blood vessels running through them.
Dr Cohen-Hallaleh performs routine in-rooms (minor procedures) and in-theatre (major procedures) on lipomas and cysts.
Since lipomas are benign and do not turn cancerous, the prognosis is excellent. However, they can recur in the same location if the entire fatty tumor isn’t removed.