Dr. Higgins specializes in breast surgery, colon surgery, hernia surgery, gall bladder surgery, and general surgery. His office is in Bend, Oregon.
I fell in love with surgery the first time I was exposed to it. My current focus is breast care, however, I continue to keep myself well-balanced as a general surgeon. I participate in a general surgical call schedule for St. Charles Medical Center, Bend, where I care for all general surgical patients. I also take trauma calls for our regional level 2 trauma center. I hold a special place in my heart for helping people through a variety of general surgical procedures. Breast, colon, hernia, and gall bladder surgeries are a special part of my practice.
A hernia is a weakness in the strong connective tissue layer that surrounds the muscles, the fascia. This tear or hole in the fascia could allow the contents inside to be squeezed out (herniated). When it occurs in the groin area it is termed an inguinal hernia. There are the less common groin hernia, the femoral hernia. My preferred approach to the repair of an inguinal hernia is a trans-abdominal pre-peritoneal (TAPP) repair. I have found, and the literature will support, this is a less painful recovery than an open repair. I am time and again impressed with the rapid return to non-strenuous activities.
Through my years of practice this has been an area of intrigue and interest. I have had the opportunity to work with some amazing endocrine surgeons and have learned a great deal from them. I have also been able to share my experience with laparoscopic approaches of the adrenal gland with them. I enjoy the meticulous process required to do a safe and successful endocrine operation.
Laparoscopic & open adrenal surgery
Abdominal and Colon Surgery
This is the area of the body I have a great deal of comfort and familiarity working in. I have the experience to evaluate and treat patients for a variety of abdominal complaints. My goal is to help you understand the reason you may need an operation. We will discuss potential alternatives to the operation. I will do my best to set the stage for you to have the best outcome.
Again, breast surgery and breast care are my special areas of focus, but I remain active in and up-to-date on helping those who need general surgical procedures — especially colon surgery, hernia surgery, and gall bladder surgery.
Please call my office to schedule a consultation. I promise to listen carefully and help you decide how to proceed.