General, Plastic, and Bariatric Surgery
Main Telephone:    858-565-0104
Dr. Larry Pollack:   858-565-7588

Our Procedures


General surgeons specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and disorders of the abdomen, digestive tract, endocrine system, breast, skin, and blood vessels.  General surgeons are also trained in the care of cancer patients, and patients who are injured or critcally ill. 

Below is a list of some of the most common general surgery procedures, many of which can be performed laparoscopically.  Your surgeon will determine if this is an option for you.

    •  Diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer, including biopsy, lumpectomy, and mastectomy
    •  Hernia repair, such as inguinal, incisional, ventral, epigastric and hiatal hernias
    •  Gallbladder removal
    •  Advanced colorectal surgery, including diagnosis and treatment of colon cancer
    •  Hemorrhoidectomy, PPH, and other rectal procedures
    •  Thyroid surgery
    •  Appendectomy
    •  Lipoma, cyst, and skin cancer removals

What is laparoscopic surgery?  Laparoscopic surgery, also known as minimally invasive surgery, is performed by inserting a camera and instrumentation through a set of small incisions, which are normally 1/2 inch or smaller. While the results may vary depending on the type of surgery and the patient's overall condition, many common advantages include:
    •  Less post-operative pain
    •  Potential for shortened hospital stay
    •  Quicker return to normal activity
    •  Improved cosmetic results
    •  In the case of colon surgery, a faster return to a solid food diet and quicker return of bowel functions.

All of our surgeons have extensive training and experience in advanced laparoscopic surgery, and are always on the forefront of new technologies, enabling us to offer our patients the safest and most advanced treatment options. 

The SILS™ Technique.  Dr. Gary Bench and Dr. Shawn Bench utilize the SILS™ Port for ventral hernia repairs, which allows precise instrumentation through a single, small incision.  This can lead to even less post-operative pain and decreased recovery time.  To learn more about the SILS™ Technique, please schedule a consultation or call (858) 565-0104. 

Dr. George Mueller performs weight loss surgery, including laparoscopic gastric bypass, laparoscopic gastric banding (LapBand) and laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy.  He is the Medical Director of the Bariatric Program at Sharp Memorial Hospital, which is a Bariatric Center of Excellence.  Dr. Mueller offers a comprehensive surgical weight loss program, including pre-and post-operative nutritional counseling and patient support groups, to facilitate our patients achieving and maintaining their weight loss goals for life.  

If you are interested in weight loss surgery, the first step is to attend a free informational seminar.  To register for a seminar, please visit the surgical weight loss page at or call 1-800-82-sharp.

Am I a candidate for bariatric surgery?  Bariatric surgery is appropriate for patients with a BMI above 40, or a BMI above 35 with significant co-morbidities, such as hypertension, diabetes or sleep apnea.  However, individual candidacy varies for each patient, and is influenced by current medical conditions, previous medical and surgical history, and psychological evaluation.  Dr. Mueller will determine if bariatric surgery is appropriate for you during your consultation. 

What are the differences between the three procedures?
    •  Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass:  Also known as Roux-En-Y gastric bypass, the procedure is a restrictive and
       malabsorptive surgery, meaning it effects both the amount of food a patient can consume, as well as the body's process
       of digestion.  These two components can lead to rapid, significant weight loss that can be maintained for the long term.
       During the procedure, the stomach is divided in two, and the newly created, small portion of the stomach is connected
       to the lower part of the small intestine, bypassing the larger stomach.
            •  Average loss of excess body weight is 70% at 5 years after surgery
            •  Requires an inpatient hospital stay
            •  Non-reversible

    •  Laparoscopic gastric banding:  Also known as The LapBand, this is a minimally invasive procedure where the
       surgeon makes a small incision in the abdomen and places an adjustable ring around the stomach to restrict the
       amount of food that can be consumed.  A port placed in the abdomen, just under the skin's surface, allows the physician
       to adjust the ring size as a patient's needs change over time.
            •  Average loss of excess body weight is 50% at 5 years after surgery
            •  May be performed as an outpatient surgery
            •  Malabsorptive complications are rare
            •  Reversible

    •  Laparoscopic Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy:  This is a restrictive surgery where 85% or more of the stomach is
       removed, including the portion that produces Ghrelin, a hormone that causes appetite and hunger.  There is no
       malabsorptive component.
            •  Average loss of excess body weight is 60% at 5 years after surgery
            •  Requires an over-night hospital stay
            •  Malabsorptive complications are rare
            •  Non-reversible

Medically Supervised Diets.  Some insurances require a medically supervised diet before authorizing surgery.  In some cases, we are able to perform the supervised diet in our office at no charge to the patient.  This involves a consultation with our registered dietician and monthly follow-ups.  For more information, please call (858) 483-3950.
For more information about Dr. Mueller's weight loss program, please visit, or call (858) 483-3950. 

Dr. Larry Pollack is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and performs a variety of plastic, cosmetic, and reconstructive surgeries.  Some of the most common procedures include:
      •  Breast Reconstruction after Mastectomy       •  Skin Resurfacing
      •  Breast Augmentation       •  Photo Facials
      •  Breast Lift       •  Fraxel
      •  Breast Reduction       •  Skin cancer, skin lesion, and mole removal
      •  Tummy Tuck       •  Scar Revision
      •  Liposuction       •  Botox
      •  Brow Lift       •  Injectable Fillers:  Radiesse, Juvederm, Restylane
      •  Face Lift       •  Laser Hair Removal   
      •  Eyelid Surgery
In addition, Dr. Pollack has a licensed aesthetician at his UTC location who provides skin care and spa services in a pampering environment.  She specializes in:

    •  Microdermabrasion
    •  Chemical Peels
    •  Obagi Blue Peels
    •  Paphos Skin Care
    •  Sunless Tanning

Paphos Skin Care is an all-natural skin care program developed by Dr. Pollack and his partners at Paphos Skincare.  The products were originally formulated in Italy and are now made in the USA, and are paraben and artificial-preservative free.  The program includes an in-office facial treatment and complimenting home care products that rejuvenate the skin, reduce blemishes, and fight wrinkles and signs of aging.

To learn more about the services and products offered by Dr. Larry Pollack, please visit his website at or contact one of his locations.

      Frost Street Location:            UTC Location:
      San Diego Surgical Specialists            Del Mar Plastic Surgery
      7910 Frost Street, Suite 450            4510 Executive Center Drive, Suite 201
      San Diego, CA 92123            San Diego, CA 92121
      Telephone:  (858) 565-7588            Telephone:  (858) 450-9100

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