A New Breed of Surgeon, Compassionate, Accessible, Highly Skilled

A New Breed of Surgeon

Compassionate, Accessible, Highly Skilled

There is a certain perception of the surgeon. Brash and bold, the surgeon swoops in to work magic in the operating room but has little to do with preparing the patient for surgery or recovery. If you think of a surgeon as the elusive member of the care team, you need to meet the general surgeons of Baptist Medical Group (BMG) who enjoy taking the time to listen and get to know their patients before and after surgery.

“Doctor in Latin means teacher,” says Beau Aldridge, M.D., a BMG surgeon specializing in minimally invasive and robotic surgery. “I like to take the time to demystify medicine for my patients and make sure they understand what’s happening to them. Knowledge diminishes fear, and it also allows the patient to be a part of the decision making process.”
It’s this kind of compassion along with the ability to work closely with their colleagues at Baptist Health Care that sets the BMG Surgery team apart from other surgeons in the area. The fact that they are in daily contact with many of the physicians, radiologists, oncologists, anesthesiologists and other members of the care team gives the surgeons a deeper and more immediate understanding of a patient’s unique situation.

Baptist Medical Group - Surgery

Types of Surgery

Open Surgery : Sometimes the best way to repair a condition is for a surgeon to work through an open incision providing the optimal visibility and access. Open surgery tends to have the longest recovery time.

Laparoscopic Surgery: Pretty much the standard in modern medicine, many conditions lend themselves to this minimally-invasive procedure that involves inserting instruments and a tiny camera into an incision only a few centimeters long. This technique can shorten recovery time to a few days.

Robotic Surgery :Robotic surgery, such as with the da Vinci® S HD Surgical System, has become more and more applicable to complicated surgery as technology has advanced, making the robot an extension of the surgeon’s hand. The surgeon uses 3-D imaging and handgrips to control the robot’s movements and a wristed-instrument makes certain parts of a procedure such as suturing more precise and efficient.

Specializing in Hernia Repair : Hernias are a common health concern affecting people of all ages from young children to seniors. A hernia occurs when an organ pushes through the muscle or tissue that normally holds it in place. For example, a common abdominal hernia occurs when the intestine pushes through the abdominal wall, often becoming visible as a protrusion. Hernias can be symptomless, but they can also be very painful, especially as the day progresses and with heavy lifting or other types of exertion. If it causes pain or restricts movement or activity, surgery may be recommended. “If you see or feel a bulge in your abdomen, call your doctor,” says Dr. Aldridge. “Hernias can be fixed with an open incision, laparoscopically with a camera through a small incision or with the assistance of robotics. In as little as two weeks you can get back to your life the way it was before the hernia.”

As a member of the American Hernia Society (AHS), Dr. Aldridge logs all ventral (abdominal) hernia cases with the AHS Quality Collaborative database that allows him to track recurrence and infection rates and improve overall outcomes.

Baptist Medical Group Surgeons

Beau Aldridge, M.D.

What led you to become a doctor? I wanted to be a doctor for as long as I can remember being alive. I grew up in a family of nine children and started my medical career taking care of my eight brothers and sisters. It’s a great privilege to take care of people during the most vulnerable time in their life. I feel very lucky to have been called to this profession.

What do I find most rewarding and why?The most rewarding part of my job is getting to know my patients. Every patient has a unique story that I enjoy watching unfold as I talk with them. Together, we design a treatment plan that works best for them.

Do I have any specific medical interests? My two main interests are hernia repair and breast cancer surgery.

Shohrat Annaberdyev, M.D.

What led you to become a doctor or choose your focus of medicine? I developed appendicitis and needed surgery when I was 11 years old. From that day, I knew I wanted to be a surgeon.

What’s your proudest moment as a doctor? Giving good news to my patients is always my favorite.

Do you have any specific medical interests? Colon and rectal cancer. Diverticulitis, rectal prolapse, hemorrhoids and fissures.

George Rees, M.D., FACS

What can a patient expect when they have you as a doctor? I’m dedicated to each and every patient who has entrusted me with their care. Trust is very important in the patient/physician relationship, and they’ll find that with me.

What do you find most rewarding about your line of work? It is extremely rewarding to be able to make a person well, to fix something in the body that, for whatever reason, isn’t functioning as it should.

What are the main conditions you treat? Gallstones, hernias, intestinal problems and dialysis access.

Ming Zhang, M.D.

What led you to become a surgeon? In college I realized medicine, and surgery in particular, fulfills my dream of combining art and science in a career.

What are topics you enjoy educating patients about? Each human body is unique in many subtle ways, and illnesses do not necessarily follow the text book description.

What are the most common services you provide? Upper and lower endoscopies and gastrointestinal surgeries.

For more information about Baptist Medical Group – Surgery call 850.437.8810.