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General surgery is a surgical specialty that focuses on the organs of the abdomen, including the esophagus, stomach, colon, liver, pancreas, gallbladder and bile ducts, and often the thyroid gland. General surgeons at Lovelace Medical Group diagnose and manage a variety of issues, both benign and oncologic, involving these organs. They also treat disorders of the skin and soft tissues, the endocrine system, hernias, as well as other disorders of the abdominal wall.


General surgeons at Lovelace Medical Group perform both common and complex procedures at Lovelace Medical Center, Lovelace Women’s Hospital and Lovelace Westside Hospital. Many surgeries can be done with minimally invasive techniques. This usually means less pain and quicker recovery time. Our general surgeons and their specialized team of medical professionals will work with you to determine the best type of surgery or procedure for your condition.


We offer a broad range of surgery services, including:



  • Office-based skin lesion removal and biopsies

  • Laparoscopic surgeries, including gallbladder, appendix, hernia and biopsy

  • Advanced da Vinci robotic surgery, including single incision hernia repairs and gallbladder surgery

  • Colon/small intestine/hernia surgery

  • Hemorrhoid surgery

  • Screening colonoscopies and endoscopies

  • Emergency surgery

  • Chest tubes, central lines, arterial lines, abscess drainages

  • Weight-loss surgery - Laparoscopic Gastric Sleeve, Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y (Gastric Bypass), Laparoscopic adjustable banding and LAP-BAND revisions

Where to find us:


Drs. Mario Leyba and Eldie Cruz are located behind Lovelace Women's Hospital at 101 Hospital Loop NE, Suite 111. Call 727.2050 for more information or to make an appointment.


Dr. Duc Vuong specializes in weight-loss surgery and is located at Lovelace Westside Hospital at 10501 Golf Course Road NW. Call 898.1414 for more information or to register for one of our bariatric seminars.