General Surgery in Sonora

When an operation is needed, you want a surgical expert by your side every step of the way. At Adventist Health Sonora, our team of board-certified general surgeons offers personalized care and advanced techniques to meet your specific needs. These surgery experts are trained in a wide range of general surgery procedures and minimally invasive techniques. Our surgery team also includes specially trained nurses and anesthesiologists who place your safety and successful recovery first, whether your procedure takes place on an outpatient basis or requires a hospital stay. From the moment you arrive until you return to doing the things you love with the people you love, we are your partner in health.

Advanced surgery solutions when you need them most

At Adventist Health Sonora, our team has been trained to know what approaches can be the most beneficial for your outcome. Sometimes this calls for minimally invasive surgical procedures and, other times, more conventional care. Our advanced minimally invasive surgery solutions include laparoscopic surgical procedures that use small incisions, resulting in reduced scarring.

The benefits of minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery include:

  • Small incisions
  • Less pain
  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Quicker recovery time
  • Less scarring
  • Reduced blood loss

You've come to the right place in your healthcare journey. Our talented and respected surgeons will recommend a procedure that maximizes effectiveness and comfort — and minimizes disruption.

Acute / emergency surgery

Although you can’t always plan when you’ll need surgery, fortunately at Adventist Health Sonora, we are always at the ready. Surgical emergencies and acute healthcare needs may range from common conditions like appendicitis and gallbladder attacks. No matter the cause, if you need a skilled team to provide the best possible care for acute surgical problems or emergencies, our surgeons are available 24/7 to perform emergency general surgery, as well as elective general surgery. Rest easy knowing we are here for you.

Surgical cancer treatment

Surgical treatments for cancer are used to diagnose, stage and ultimately treat cancers. Determining if a patient is a surgical candidate depends on many factors, including the type, size, location and stage of the cancer tumor, along with criteria such as age, overall health and other conditions or illnesses.

Surgery may also be used in conjunction with other types of cancer treatment to repair damage to skin and bones caused by cancer or cancer treatments.

For most patients, surgery is a collaboration with other treatment approaches, including chemotherapy and radiation therapy. The general surgeons partner with their colleagues at the Diana J. White Cancer Institute to provide complete care for their patients.

Conditions we treat:

  • Breast cancer
  • Colon cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Skin cancer
  • Small bowel tumors
  • Soft tissue tumors
  • Stomach cancer
  • Other procedures

Gastrointestinal surgery

Our team of surgeon’s partners with gastrointestinal specialists to develop a personalized treatment plan for patients with gastrointestinal concerns. They perform surgeries to address conditions affecting the digestive tract, including the esophagus, stomach, intestines, appendix, gallbladder, pancreas, liver and bile ducts.

Conditions we treat:

  • Anorectal problems
  • Diverticulosis and diverticulitis
  • Gallbladder problems
  • Gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) and swallowing problems (Achalasia)

Additionally, our surgeons offer gastrointestinal diagnostic procedures and feeding tube placement.

Hernia surgery

When it’s time to repair a hernia, our surgeons offer you the most recent approaches to surgery that enable to you return to normal with as little down time as possible.

Hernias do not heal on their own and over time may worsen, causing more serious health concerns. The good news is hernia repair is most often provided laparoscopically and as a same-day procedure.

Types of hernia surgery:

  • Abdominal hernia repair
  • Groin hernia repair

Skin and soft tissue surgery

When the skin and soft tissue of the body are affected by trauma, disease or other conditions, surgery may be the solution needed. Surgeries may range from an elective procedure for a benign concern or necessary treatment for something more serious. Depending on the condition, skin and soft tissue surgery is often provided on an outpatient basis, with patients returning home the same day.

Types of skin and soft tissue surgery:

  • Biopsy and excision of skin lesions
  • Epidermal cysts
  • Lipomas
  • Scalp cysts

Our general surgery team

You've come to the right place in your healthcare journey. Our talented and respected surgeons will recommend a procedure that maximizes effectiveness and comfort — and minimizes disruption.



Carlos Alvarez, MD, FACS



Peter Oliver, MD



Kimberlee Reed, MD



William Stone, MD, FACS



Sherry Sumner, PA-C