Winchester Surgical Clinic

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Common Surgical Procedures

Some of the most common surgical operations performed in the United States include the following:

  • Appendectomy. An appendectomy is the surgical removal of the appendix, a small tube that branches off the large intestine, to treat acute appendicitis. Appendicitis is the acute inflammation of this tube due to infection.

  • Breast biopsy. A biopsy is a diagnostic test involving the removal of tissue or cells for examination under a microscope. This procedure is also used to remove abnormal breast tissue. A biopsy may be performed using a hollow needle to extract tissue (needle biopsy), or a lump may be partially or completely removed (lumpectomy) for examination and/or treatment.

  • Carotid endarterectomy. Carotid endarterectomy is a surgical procedure to remove blockage from carotid arteries, the arteries located in the neck that supply blood to the brain. Left untreated, a blocked carotid artery can lead to a stroke.

  • Cataract surgery. Cataracts cloud the normally clear lens of the eyes. Cataract surgery involves the removal of the cloudy lens, which is replaced with a clear artificial lens implant. In some cases, the entire lens is removed.

  • Cesarean section (also called a c-section). Cesarean section is the surgical delivery of a baby by an incision through the mother's abdomen and uterus. This procedure is performed when doctors determine it a safer alternative than a vaginal delivery for the mother, baby, or both.

  • Cholecystectomy. A cholecystectomy is surgery to remove the gallbladder (a pear-shaped sac near the right lobe of the liver that holds bile). A gallbladder may need to be removed if the organ is prone to troublesome gallstones, if it is infected, or becomes cancerous.

  • Coronary artery bypass. Most commonly referred to as simply "bypass surgery," this surgery is often performed in people who have angina (chest pain) and coronary artery disease (where plaque has built up in the arteries). During the surgery, a bypass is created by grafting a piece of a vein above and below the blocked area of a coronary artery, enabling blood to flow around the obstruction. Veins are usually taken from the leg, but arteries from the chest may also be used to create a bypass graft.

  • Debridement of wound, burn, or infection. Debridement involves the surgical removal of foreign material and/or dead, damaged, or infected tissue from a wound or burn. By removing the diseased or dead tissue, healthy tissue is exposed to allow for more effective healing.

  • Dilation and curettage (also called D & C). A D&C is a minor operation in which the cervix is dilated (expanded) so that the cervical canal and uterine lining can be scraped with a curette (spoon-shaped instrument).

  • Free skin graft. A skin graft involves detaching healthy skin from one part of the body to repair areas of lost or damaged skin in another part of the body. Skin grafts are often performed as a result of burns, injury, or surgical removal of diseased skin. They are most often performed when the area is too large to be repaired by stitching or natural healing.

  • Hemorrhoidectomy. A hemorrhoidectomy is the surgical removal of hemorrhoids, distended veins in the lower rectum or anus.

  • Hysterectomy. A hysterectomy is the surgical removal of a woman's uterus. This may be performed either through an abdominal incision or vaginally.

  • Hysteroscopy. Hysteroscopy is a surgical procedure used to help diagnose and treat many uterine disorders. The hysteroscope (a viewing instrument inserted through the vagina for a visual examination of the canal of the cervix and the interior of the uterus) can transmit an image of the uterine canal and cavity to a television screen.

  • Inguinal hernia repair. Inguinal hernias are when the small intestine bulges through a weak area in the lower abdominal muscles. An inguinal hernia occurs in the groin. Surgical repair pulls the intestine back to its original location.

  • Low back pain surgery. Low back pain can have various causes, including abnormal development of the backbone, stress on the back, injury, or a physical disorder that affects the bones of the spine. Usually, surgery is not considered until other options have been exhausted, including rest, medication, and mild exercise. The type of surgery performed on the back depends on the diagnosis.

  • Mastectomy. A mastectomy is the removal of all or part of the breast. Mastectomies are usually performed to treat breast cancer. There are several types of mastectomies, including the following:

    • Partial (segmental) mastectomy, involves the removal of the breast cancer and a larger portion of the normal breast tissue around the breast cancer.

    • Total (or simple) mastectomy, in which the surgeon removes the entire breast, including the nipple, the areola (the colored, circular area around the nipple), and most of the overlying skin, and may also remove some of the lymph nodes under the arm, also called the axillary lymph glands.

    • Modified radical mastectomy, in which the surgeon removes the entire breast (including the nipple, the areola, and the overlying skin), some of the lymph nodes under the arm, and the lining over the chest muscles. In some cases, part of the chest wall muscles is also removed.

  • Partial colectomy. A partial colectomy is the removal of part of the large intestine (colon) which may be performed to treat cancer of the colon, long-term ulcerative colitis, or other conditions, such as diverticulitis.

  • Prostatectomy. The surgical removal of all or part of the prostate gland, the sex gland in men that surrounds the neck of the bladder and urethra--the tube that carries urine away from the bladder. A prostatectomy may be performed for an enlarged prostate, benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), or if the prostate gland is cancerous.

  • Tonsillectomy. The surgical removal of one or both tonsils. Tonsils are located at the back of the mouth and help fight infections

Since 1956 Winchester Surgical Clinic has provided our region with exceptional surgical care. On March 1, 2010, the group of general surgeons who comprise Winchester Surgical joined Valley Health. Working together, the hospital and surgeons will be even better aligned to provide quality, state-of-the-art care.

The general surgeons at Winchester Surgical Clinic are experienced in many fields including disorders of the breast, endocrine system, and gastrointestinal systems. They bring to the table many years of experience in both traditional surgical methods and the latest noninvasive laparoscopic surgical techniques. All of our surgeons are Assistant Clinical Professors of Surgery for the Virginia Commonwealth University and as such, dedicate their time to train, teach and help develop future general surgeons.


When major surgery is needed, you can depend on these physicians to have the best training, experience and skills needed to perform colon/rectal surgery, gallbladder, hernia, vascular access, skin grafts, laparotomies, appendectomies, thyroid and parathyroid surgeries, as well as breast surgeries.

We also provide the following services in-office:
  • Wound Care
  • Ultrasound thyroid/breast
  • Ultrasound vein mapping
  • Mole Removal
  • Breast biopsy – when indicated
  • Excision cysts/lipomas
  • Hemorrhoidal banding
  • Incision & drainage subcutaneous skin infections
  • Incision & drainage of thrombosed hemorroids
  • Simple laceration repairs
  • Removal of skin lesions
Talk to your doctor for more information.

Our Providers:
Loretta A. Boyd, MD 
James P. Dumont, MD 
Thomas J. Gibson, MD 
Charles E. Hyre, MD 
Jorge L. Posadas, MD
Paul J. Ulich, MD

All WSC physicians are board certified. The surgeons are on the staff of the Winchester Medical Center and the Winchester Surgi-Center Outpatient Facility. To make an appointment call (540) 536-0130. The office is located at 20 S. Stewart St., Winchester, VA 22601.

Physicians wishing to refer patients to Winchester Surgical Clinic should contact Susan Stewart, New Patient Referral Coordinator, at 540-536-0130, ext. 70772, or email

For your convenience, we participate with most insurance companies. Because of the cost of billing, it is important that the appropriate co-payments be made by you at the time of your visit. We do accept most major credit cards. Valley Physician Enterprise billing office handles all insurance claim filing, billing and is available to answer any questions you may have at (540) 536-3321.
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Winchester Surgical Clinic
20 S. Stewart Street
Winchester, VA 22601
Phone: 540-536-0130
Fax: 540-536-0135
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm