At Crisp Regional, advancing medicine to better serve you is at the heart of our general surgery services. We offer trusted, advanced and effective treatment options in a large variety of surgical needs for children and adults.

General Surgery
416-A 4th Avenue East
Cordele, GA 31015
229-273-9050

Whenever possible and appropriate, our highly skilled surgeons and surgical team utilize endoscopic and laparoscopic procedures to minimize pain and recovery time. Board-certified surgeons and anesthesiologists, state-of-the-art equipment, a professionally trained and experienced surgical team, and excellent customer service are hallmarks of Surgical Services at Crisp Regional. Our specialized technical and nursing staff includes some who hold specialty nursing certifications. The surgery team works with your physician to provide exceptional, skilled and compassionate care.In four surgical suites and two endoscopy rooms at Crisp Regional Hospital, nearly 3,000 inpatient and outpatient elective (scheduled), emergency or trauma surgeries take place each year. Surgical specialties include:

patient recovering from general surgery

General Surgery

  • Abdominal procedures, including esophagus, stomach, small bowel, colon, liver, pancreas, gallbladder and bile ducts
  • Laparoscopic one-site gallbladder surgery
  • Laparoscopic appendectomy
  • Thyroid surgery
  • Hernia repair
  • Hemorrhoidectomy
  • Cuts and lacerations
  • Cancer surgeries, including lymphoma, colon cancer, breast cancer follow-ups and more


boy having ear inspected by physician
  • Laser tonsillectomy
  • Bilateral myringotomy and tube placement
  • Septoplasty for deviated nasal septum
  • Pain or discomfort in the arms or shoulder
  • Sinoscopy (endoscopic nasal sinus surgery)


Gynecology

  • Procedures involving the female reproductive system, including benign conditions, cancer, infertility and incontinence
  • Caesarean Section

Ophthalmology

  • Cataract Surgery


Orthopedics

  • General orthopedic surgery, including fracture repairs
  • Total joint replacement (knee and hip), including anterior hip replacements
  • Endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery
  • Arthroscopic procedures, including knee ACL repair
patient preparing for general surgery


Thoracic

  • Limited/minor thoracic procedures

Urology

  • Green light laser treatment for BPH (enlarged prostate)
  • Holmium laser of Stones in the Ureter
  • Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy (ESWL) for kidney stones


Meet our Team

Vince Culpepper, MD

Vince Culpepper, MD

General Surgery
416-A 4th Avenue East
Cordele, GA 31015
229-273-9050 Dr. Culpepper received his medical degree at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta and completed a residency in general surgery at the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon. He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and has practiced general surgery for more than 12 years.

Courtney Pettiford, MD

Courtney Pettiford, MD

General Surgery
416-A 4th Avenue East
Cordele, GA 31015
229-273-9050

Eirik Svennevik, MD

Eirik Svennevik, MD

General Surgery
416-A 4th Avenue East
Cordele, GA 31015
229-273-9050 Dr. Svennevik earned his medical degree at the University of Miami School of Medicine in Florida. He completed a surgical internship at McGill University in Montreal and surgical residencies at the VA Medical Center (Des Moines, IA), New Jersey Medical Center (Newark, NJ), Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston, MA) and Carraway Methodist Medical Center (Birmingham, AL). He served as a thoracic fellow at St. James University Hospital in Leeds, UK. He is board certified in general surgery by the American Board of Surgery.


 

A Patient Story

Robert Fullerton was a successful insurance professional for more than 40 years when he was diagnosed with colon cancer. He had been “healthy as a horse,” but in January 2013, he received the scary cancer diagnosis. He underwent two surgeries at Crisp Regional within one week, followed by a series of chemotherapy treatments.

“Two of my surgeons were friends of mine,” said Robert. “They really care.”

He also realized that many others on his care team were friends and neighbors, and it made him feel confident and comfortable right away. “This is really a great place. I have never experienced better treatment in my life,” reflects Robert.

Shelvia Koontz knows Crisp Regional as an employee, a patient and an area resident. In her role as director of medical imaging, she has seen Crisp from the inside out, and from the outside in. She has gone to Crisp Regional to work every day for more than 28 years. She’s chosen to have several surgeries at Crisp “because I’m comfortable with the care,” she said. “For example, the infection rates are lower at smaller hospitals.”

A few years ago, Shelvia broke seven bones in an auto accident and was in the hospital for 10 days. “I’ve tried it,” she recalls, “and I know the care is exceptional!”