General Surgery Specialist

Surgical Care of the Virginias

Frederick W. Barker, MD FACS

Breast and General Surgeon located in Bluefield, VA

When it comes to surgery of any kind, even routine and relatively minor surgeries, wouldn’t you prefer a surgeon with both experience and knowledge? With over almost 40 years of experience, Frederick Barker, MD, has performed thousands of surgeries. He has learned that there’s no such thing as a “routine surgery.” Dr. Barker gives each and every one of his patients the attention they deserve, whether it’s removing a small skin lesion or performing a major abdominal surgery. To learn more, call or use the online scheduling tool.

General Surgery Q & A

What general surgeries are offered?

Dr. Barker specializes in breast surgery, but he’s also a very experienced and board-certified general surgeon and routinely performs: gallbladder surgeries, hernia surgeries, appendectomies, and colon surgeries to name a few.

Hernia repair

A hernia repair is one of the most common surgeries performed in the United States, with over 800,000 procedures each year. Hernias may be located in the groin, at the umbilicus, or at the site of previous surgery.

Gallbladder surgery

If you’ve developed problems with gallstones in your gallbladder, Dr. Barker offers gallbladder surgery to remove the organ, stones and all. In fact, 80% of people in the United States with gallstones undergo this surgery to relieve the pain that can come on with gallstones.

As Dr. Barker is often the on-call surgeon at Bluefield Regional Medical Center, he’s often asked to perform emergency surgery for trauma and acute intra-abdominal emergencies, as well as to establish vascular access for intravenous administration of fluids, medication, and blood.

In addition to these surgeries, Dr. Barker offers comprehensive breast surgeries for both cancerous and non-cancerous conditions.

How are the surgeries performed?

To reduce your risks and speed up your recovery, Dr. Barker turns to endoscopic surgical techniques wherever possible. With this advanced technique, Dr. Barker needs to make only very small incisions, through which he threads an endoscope (camera) to give him a real-time view of your inner structures.

Using specialized instruments, Dr. Barker is able to perform many of his surgeries without the need for a large incision. This endoscopic technique comes with several benefits, including:

  • Reduced scarring
  • Faster healing time
  • Less blood loss
  • Decreased risk of infection

There are times when Dr. Barker may convert to an open surgery to gain better access to the surgical site, but, rest assured, you’re in good hands should this be the case.

What happens after my surgery?

Dr. Barker prides himself on taking care that each of his patients receives the proper care before, during, and after any surgery. Whether your surgery is an outpatient procedure or you need a hospital stay, Dr. Barker coordinates all aspects of your care from start to finish.

And when you head home, Dr. Barker makes sure you have detailed post-operative instructions, and he’s available to you at any time to answer questions.

For more detailed information about a few of the surgical procedures that Dr. Barker regularly performs, you might like to visit the “Resource” tab on this web site and click on the specific operation you want to learn more about.

For experienced general surgical care, call Dr. Barker or use the online scheduling tool to set up a consultation.