Why Choose Our Surgeons?

Minimally Invasive Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery

San Francisco Surgical Medical Group offers minimally invasive laparoscopic and robotic surgery for a broad range of conditions including gallbladder disease, hernia repair and thyroid and parathyroid conditions. This surgery is performed using a laparoscope, thus the name “laparoscopic surgery”. In the procedure, surgeons typically make several tiny incisions, insert a lighted tube and video camera through the opening, performing the operation using miniaturized surgical instruments. A camera then transmits images of the operative field back to a computer monitor, guiding the surgeons as they manipulate the instruments. These surgeries are highly complex and requires extensive training and experience. The advantages of laparoscopic surgery, as opposed to a traditional open procedures, include:

  • Smaller incisions and less scarring
  • Significantly reduced post-operative pain
  • Reduced risk of Infection
  • Shorter hospital stays
  • More rapid return to work and normal activities

Board-Certified General and Colorectal Surgeons

All our surgeons are board-certified in General Surgery (American Board of Surgery) and almost all in Colon and Rectal Surgery (American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery). Our colorectal surgeons are experts in the surgical treatment of malignant tumors of the colon, rectum and anus, anal fissures, hemorrhoids, Crohn’s disease, fecal incontinence, irritable bowel syndrome, pelvic floor dysfunction, ulcerative colitis, as well as less common conditions. All have completed advanced training at leading Centers of Excellence and most have academic appointments and teaching responsibilities at UCSF.

Our surgeons also offer screening colonoscopy and polyp removal, typically for patients 50 years and older every 10 years, with more aggressive protocols for patients with hereditary colon cancer syndromes such as familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) and Lynch syndrome, also known as hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer (HNPCC).

Specialty Care in Endocrine Surgery

We offer state-of-the-art treatment for diseases of the thyroid, parathyroid, and adrenal glands, to treat benign and malignant tumors excess hormone secretion. Endocrine specialists have completed advanced fellowships at leading Centers of Excellence and perform numerous procedures each year.

Specialty Care in Pilonidal Disease

Pilonidal disease, a chronic infection of the skin and underlying tissue near the tailbone, typically affects teens and young adults (20s/30s). The disease can be very debilitating in its most severe form. We offer state-of-the-art surgical treatment for recurrent and chronic pilonidal disease, utilizing an innovative cleft-lift procedure, performed in an outpatient setting using minimally invasive techniques. This procedure is highly effective and notably superior to traditional flap procedures that often cause disfiguring and scarring.

Comprehensive State-of-the-Art Pain Management

Working in close coordination with hospital anesthesiologists , San Francisco Surgical Associates provides around-the-clock post-surgical pain management.

Low Operative Mortality and Fewer Complications

San Francisco Surgical Associates performs complex and challenging surgical procedures in high volume at CPMC and other leading hospitals in the Bay Area. Our surgeons collectively have decades of experience performing minimally invasive procedures. Published studies show that when complex cancer surgeries are performed by board-certified specialists and surgical oncologists, patient morbidity and peri-operative mortality are less and complications fewer.