general surgery

General Surgery

Dr. Kitchen and his staff are committed to being a leading provider of surgical services while meeting the changing needs of the healthcare environment and our community.

Providing a positive surgical experience in a patient focused atmosphere.

Surgical Procedures:

Dr. Kitchen performs many types of surgical procedures both open and laparoscopic. His services include:

  • General abdominal surgery including gastroscopy
  • Single Incision laparoscopic cholecystectomy and appendectomy
  • Laparoscopic and open hernia repair
  • Chest Surgery, including open and thoroscopic
  • Breast and soft tissue surgery
  • Care of the diabetic foot
  • Cancer surgery


During laparoscopic surgery, or laparoscopy, a thin, lighted tube is inserted through a cut (incision) in the belly to look at the abdominal organs and guide the surgeon. It is a less invasive method of surgery, and patients often can go home the same day. Laparoscopy can be used to treat problems with the gallbladder, appendix and for hernia repair.

da Vinci® Single-Site® Surgery

The da Vinci® Single-Site® system represents the latest in surgical and robotics technology.

Robotic surgery can offer numerous potential benefits over traditional approaches, which often involve making a large abdominal incision. Potential benefits include:

  • Less pain during recovery
  • Less blood loss
  • Fewer complications
  • A lower risk of infection
  • Less scarring
  • A shorter hospital stay
  • A faster return to normal daily activities
  • Fewer hospital readmissions

With open surgery, the incision must be large enough for your surgeon’s hands and instruments, to fit inside your body and reach your organs. During traditional laparoscopy, your surgeon operates through either a few small incisions in your abdomen or one small incision in your belly button. Long instruments are used and one of the instruments is a tiny camera that sends images to a video monitor to guide surgeons as they operate.

With da Vinci® Single-Site® Surgery the surgeon uses state-of-the-art precision instruments. The da Vinci System features a magnified 3D high-definition vision system and flexible Single-Site instruments. These features enable your doctor to operate with enhanced vision and precision. The doctor controls the da Vinci Surgical System, which translates their hand movements into smaller, precise movements of tiny instruments inside your body.

Single Incision

SILS™, or Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery, is an approach designed to make surgery less invasive. Instead of a six-inch incision required by traditional surgery or the three to four smaller half-inch incisions utilized in standard laparoscopic surgery, the SILS™ surgery is accomplished through a single incision in the belly button. Cutting edge technology, including the SILS™ Port, allows surgeons to operate through a 20mm incision. To put it into perspective, an incision of this size is slightly smaller than the diameter of a nickel!

One incision improves upon standard laparoscopic techniques, potentially eliminating the scars and wound pain associated with multiple points of entry. Potential benefits of a SILS™ procedure may include:

  • Faster Recovery Time
  • No Visible Scars
  • Less Post-Op Pain

The SILS™ procedure can be applied to numerous conditions, making it a highly viable option for many people in need of surgery.


Vascular surgery is a specialty of surgery in which diseases of the vascular system, or arteries and veins, are managed by medical therapy, minimally invasive catheter procedures, and surgical reconstruction. Surgical procedures include vein stripping, sclerotherapy, phlebectomy, and bypass surgery, among others.

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Duplex ultrasonography, more commonly known as duplex ultrasound, provides a graphic “picture” that helps the doctor evaluate various conditions within the body. It incorporates two display elements. Gray scale ultrasound shows the structure of a particular body part. Color-Doppler ultrasound shows the flow or movement of a structure, typically blood within an artery. Both displays are shown on the same screen, to facilitate interpretation and diagnosis. Vascular ultrasonography is the main branch of radiology that uses duplex ultrasound.


There are two main types of breast biopsy: surgical and percutaneous. Surgical biopsy requires an incision in the skin. Percutaneous biopsies use needles or special probes to remove samples through the skin.


During a hemorrhoidectomy, the hemorrhoids are removed using surgical tools such as a scalpel or cautery (sealing) device. The incision is then closed with sutures. After a rest and recovery period, you can usually go home following the procedure. In some cases, you may need to stay overnight.


Typically used to treat Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD), peripheral bypass surgery creates a “detour” around the part of the artery that is narrowed or blocked.


This technique involves injecting a problem vein with a solution that causes the blood vessel to close up and eventually disappear. It is the main treatment for spider veins and is also used for certain varicose veins. The treatment is performed during a short office visit and is often painless.


Surgery is used to remove a very large goiter or nodule, a hyperthyroid gland that can’t be controlled with medications, or a thyroid gland that may be cancerous. The amount of gland removed depends on several factors, which your doctor will discuss with you.

General Surgery, Dr. Kitchen Brunswick, GA

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Dr. Stephen F. Kitchen

3228-B Hampton Avenue

Brunswick, GA 31520

P (912) 265-0492

F (912) 265-1091


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Dr. Kitchen