At the Institute for Surgical Excellence, our seasoned care team performs more general surgery procedures than any other center in the region – and consistently delivers exceptional results.
Our expert team of surgeons, nurses and other professionals works together toward one goal: a seamless experience with the best possible outcome – for every patient, every time.
Unmatched surgical expertise
Many of our physicians trained at renowned academic institutions. Our surgeons perform more than 35,000 surgeries every year – 70 percent more than other centers in the area. We perform a wide range of routine and complex surgeries, and use the least invasive method for your circumstances, such as robotic surgery.
Level I Trauma Center
We were the first in the Lehigh Valley to offer a trauma center and earn Level 1 trauma certification. Our board-certified trauma surgeons have decades of experience caring for the most difficult situations. Our Level I Trauma Center at Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest offers 24/7 coverage for general surgical emergencies and other urgent cases.
Level II Trauma Center
Lehigh Valley Hospital–Muhlenberg received Level II trauma certification in July 2021. Like LVH–Cedar Crest, it offers around-the-clock coverage offering lifesaving treatment for traumatic injuries.
Access and convenience
Get the care you need without the hassle of extensive travel. We offer the same high level of medical expertise and technological advancement at every campus across our network.
Patients love our enhanced recovery program, which focuses on getting people moving faster after surgery. These research-backed protocols often lead to shorter hospital stays and reduced reliance on opioid pain medication.
General surgery services we offer
Our general surgeons have decades of experience performing a wide range of routine surgeries, with both open and minimally invasive techniques:
- Advanced laparoscopic surgery
- Benign/malignant breast and colon disorders
- Biologic mesh
- Colon-rectal surgeries
- Fistulas and infections
- Gallbladder surgery
- Gastrointestinal endoscopy
- Hernia surgery
- Hiatal hernia (heartburn surgery)
- Postsurgical complications
- Reflux surgery
- Small bowel surgery
- Weight-loss surgery
Request a Second Opinion for General Surgery
Undergoing a procedure or surgery can be an overwhelming experience. At the Institute for Surgical Excellence, we offer expert insight on care for a range of routine and complex procedures including hernia and weight-loss surgery. Our skilled surgeons will work with you to provide the peace of mind that comes with knowing your options and having expert guidance on difficult decisions.
We'll meet with you to:
- Confirm a diagnosis
- Explore all treatment options, including treatments or procedures that may not be widely available
- Discuss what treatment or care plan is the best fit for you
- Ensure you're confident in the approach and expertise of your care team
Schedule a consultation
If you or a loved one needs surgery, come experience the high standards set by our general surgery care teams. You deserve nothing less.Request an appointment
Communication during surgery
For families, the hardest part of surgery is waiting and wondering. LVHN now offers secure mobile updates using the EASE app.