A general surgeon may do a range of cancer surgeries along with non-cancer-related procedures, while a surgical oncologist has completed additional training in the treatment of cancer patients and concentrates his or her practice specifically in cancer surgery.
Charles L. Mesh, MD
- vascular surgery
Location and Office HoursCardiac Vascular & Thoracic Surgeons Inc
Cincinnati, OH 45209
- monday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
- tuesday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
- wednesday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
- thursday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
- Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
- BlueCross BlueShield
- BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois
- Buckeye Community Health Plan
- Coventry Health Care
- First Health
- Great-West Healthcare Cigna
- Medical Mutual of Ohio
- Molina HealthCare
- Sagamore Health Network
- United Healthcare
- Bethesda North Hospital
- Christ Hospital
- Cincinnati VA Medical Center
- Clinton Memorial Hospital
- Jewish Hospital
- Mercy Hospital Anderson
- Mercy Hospital Clermont
- Mercy Hospital Fairfield
- Mercy Hospital Mt Airy
- Mercy Hospital Western Hills
- Select Specialty Hospital
- St Elizabeth Medical Center South Unit
- St Luke Hospital East
- St Luke Hospital West
- University of New Mexico Hospital
What is the difference between a general surgeon and a surgical oncologist?
Riverside Cancer Care Center answered
Does minimally invasive surgery result in shorter hospital stays?
Minimally invasive surgery causes less injury to tissue and blood vessels. When done successfully, there is less scarring and less pain. Recovery is therefore quicker than with other more open or traditional surgeries.
Where can I find the best “insider” info on a surgeon?
Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answeredIf you're lucky enough to have a choice of surgeons at one or two area hospitals, go right to the source, and get the scuttlebutt on them.
First, phone the department that'll handle your surgery, and ask a nurse for her opinion (if you can do this face to face, maybe when visiting a friend or relative, all the better). The nurse will know the idiosyncrasies of the different surgeons, and with some gentle and tactful smart-patient questioning, she'll hint at which one she'd rather take a scalpel to her.
Secondly, ask an anesthesiologist. If you phone the hospital's operating room between 3 and 5 p.m. on a weekday, there's a good chance you'll find an anesthesiologist who's free. As you did with the nurse, say that you're about to undergo the specific surgery, and ask which surgeon the anesthesiologist would opt for if his or her abdomen were going on the table. Anesthesiologists see every surgeon in action, and they know who's most careful.
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