From general surgery, endoscopy, and laparoscopy to gynecological procedures, including C-sections, you can rely on trusted names and gifted hands to care for you and your loved ones.
New in 2019, Greene County General Hospital is thrilled to welcome board-certified general surgeon, Lucio Giovanni “LG” Palanca, MD to the GCGH family. As a general surgeon with over 20 years of experience, Dr. Palanca will perform a broad range of surgical procedures and consultations exclusively at GCGH. His practice is located on the second floor of the Hospital in the Specialty Center.
Other surgical offerings at GCGH include general and laparoscopic surgery, podiatry, dentistry, pediatric dentistry, endoscopy, obstetrics, and gynecological procedures. Dr. Palanca is taking new patients and patient referrals. Patients and providers can call 812-847-5259 today to schedule appointments.
We are also proud to work with family surgeon team Dr. Mark Lynch, Dr. Rebecca Lynch-Clarke, and Dr. Brandon Lynch as well as their partner Dr. Lueking. Greene County General also works with nationally recognized podiatrist, Dr. Matthew Parmenter, and pediatric Dentist, Dr. Megan Booe. Board Certified OB-GYNs, Dr. Youssef Rezk and Dr. Douglas Lawson are part of our experienced gynecological team, which also includes Dr. Elizabeth Mateos and others who serve the surgical needs of the women of Greene County.
All of these excellent physicians work with highly skilled nurse anesthetists and a surgical support staff that boasts decades of combined experience. All surgical technicians are certified, and all registered nurses are certified in Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS).
Outpatient surgery is available Monday-Friday at Greene County General Hospital. Patients receive personal pre- and post-operative care from skilled, compassionate staff in the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit, adjacent to the surgery suite.
Pain control is essential to a successful surgical procedure. As always, patient safety and comfort are our priorities. Our comprehensive anesthesia care starts with a personal consultation with experienced anesthesiologists via telephone the day before surgical procedures and continues through recovery.
General anesthesia is common for many surgical procedures and is administered by injection or inhalation or a combination of both. Patients experience induction, usually through injection, which causes the sleep state. Then anesthesia continues through inhaled gasses and IV drugs.
Regional anesthesia is provided for a number of procedures as well as childbirth. While patients remain conscious with regional anesthesia, there may be little memory of the procedure.
Local anesthesia numbs an area directly an dis ideal for minor surgery and stitches. Spinal, Epidural, and Caudal anesthesia are administered through injection in the lower back and affect the lower extremities, as in childbirth.
Nerve blocks may also be given to numb a single nerve or a group of nerves.
Dr. Palanca is a 1987 graduate of the University of Santo Tomas. He completed his residencies at Indiana University School of Medicine, Easton Hospital, and the National Kidney and Transplant Institute. He is certified in surgery through the American Board of Surgery and specializes in urology. Dr. Palanca is the author of several research publications and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.