General Surgery Services | WVU Medicine Camden Clark

Our general surgeons are experienced in all aspects of general surgical care. They do a wide range of basic and advanced procedures. Each surgeon is certified by the American Board of Surgery. Advanced imaging systems, specialized instruments, and computer-guided surgical navigation systems enhance surgeons’ abilities to provide the latest and best in surgical care and the best possible outcomes for patients with an ever-increasing number of conditions and disorders. Our general surgeons are also specialists in minimally invasive techniques that reduce pain and shorten recovery periods for patients.

The future of robotic surgery is here.
The future of robotic surgery is here at WVU Medicine Camden Clark. As a minimally invasive alternative to open surgery, the da Vinci Xi System can help reduce many of the costs and complications associated with open procedures. The da Vinci Xi System has larger capabilities than prior generations of the da Vinci System. This instrument can be used across a wide spectrum of minimally invasive surgical procedures and has been optimized for complex, multi-quadrant surgeries.

The da Vinci Xi System arrived at WVU Medicine Camden Clark on September 14th and went “live” on November 1st.

The da Vinci Xi System has broader capabilities than prior generations of the da Vinci System. It can be used across a wide spectrum of minimally invasive surgical procedures and has been optimized for complex, multi-quadrant surgeries. As a minimally invasive alternative to open surgery it can help reduce many of the costs and complications associated with open procedures.

The da Vinci Xi System’s key features include:
• A new overhead instrument arm designed to facilitate anatomical access from virtually any position.
• A new endoscope digital architecture that creates a simpler, more compact design with improved visual definition and clarity.
• An ability to attach the endoscope to any arm, providing flexibility for visualizing the surgical site.
• Smaller, thinner arms with newly designed joints that offer a greater range of motion than ever before.
• Longer instrument shafts designed for greater operative reach.


  • Provides pre, intra, and post procedure care to patients in an outpatient self-contained unit setting
  • Upper Endoscopy and Colonoscopy offered
  • Specialized outpatient testing (Bravo) done to determine stomach acid levels and degree of reflux
  • Specialized outpatient testing (Esophageal Manometry) to identify problems with movement and pressure in the esophagus
  • Operational Monday-Friday for endoscopy cases beginning at 7am daily.

Surgical Services

  • Pre-Admission testing department open Monday-Friday to do pre- work prior to day of surgery
  • Patients received in Same Day Surgery department for outpatient surgery on day of procedure
  • Surgery department schedules out-patient surgeries Monday-Friday in conjunction with the surgeon

Camden Clark surgeons provide all types of general, thoracic, and oncologic surgery. Surgical care is provided by the surgeons on the campus of Camden Clark Medical Center. Our physicians provide all of the care at the hospital and are never far from the emergency or operating rooms.

Trauma Surgery

In the United States and Canada, the overall responsibility for trauma care falls under the auspices of general surgery. Some general surgeons must be able to deal initially with almost any surgical emergency. Often, they are the first called to treat critically ill or gravely injured patients, and must perform a variety of procedures to stabilize such patients.
Our surgeons are trained in emergency surgery, treating bleeding, infections, bowel obstructions, and organ perforations. They also perform cholecystectomy, the surgical removal of the gallbladder, one of the most common surgical procedures. Ruptures of the appendix and small bowel obstructions are other common emergencies.

Laparoscopic Surgery

Laparoscopic surgery, also called minimally invasive surgery (MIS), is a modern surgical technique in which operations in the abdomen are performed through small incisions (usually 0.5-1.5 cm) as compared to the larger incision needed in more traditional, “open” surgery.
There are a number of advantages to the patient with laparoscopic surgery versus an open procedure. These include reduced pain due to smaller incisions and hemorrhaging, and shorter recovery time. In some cases, our specially trained surgeons are able to perform procedures through a single, small opening. This is often referred to as single incision laparoscopic surgery.
Camden Clark Medical Center offers a full line of advanced laparoscopic surgery as alternatives to open procedures. Patients typically are able to return to normal activities much faster following minimally invasive procedures.

Colorectal Surgery

General surgeons treat a wide variety of colon and rectal diseases ranging from colorectal cancer, inflammatory bowel diseases (such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease), diverticulitis, gastrointestinal bleeding, hemorrhoids, and others.

Breast Surgery

Surgeons perform a majority of all non-cosmetic breast surgery from lumpectomy to mastectomy, especially pertaining to the evaluation, diagnosis, and surgical treatment of breast cancer.

Endocrine Surgery

Surgeons are trained to remove all or part of the thyroid and parathyroid glands in the neck and the adrenal glands just above each kidney in the abdomen. Dermatological surgery is also performed by the Camden Clark surgeons.

Heartburn Clinic

The Heartburn Clinic at Camden Clark was created to provide the most comprehensive care for chronic Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). We use advanced technology and treatment techniques to provide our patients with the best care. LINX® is a simple concept with life-changing potential. The device is implanted during a short, minimally invasive outpatient procedure and provides long-term relief from GERD. LINX® is intended for patients diagnosed with reflux disease who are looking for an alternative to continuous acid suppression therapy.