Medical Diagnosis

Dr. Thomas Bass at the Surgical Consultants of Southwest Florida specializes in surgically treating a wide variety of medical conditions. The following information is intended to assist you to understand your medical diagnosis so that you can make informed decisions about your treatment options. Only the medical conditions that we treat most frequently are included here.

Overview of Gastrointestinal System

Overview of Gastrointestinal SystemBegin by learning about the Gastrointestinal system and how it normally functions.


AppendicitisLearn about this painful condition caused by inflammation of appendix, a small pouch attached to the large intestine.

Colon Cancer

Colon CancerLearn about these benign or malignant growths that develop in the large intestine or rectum.

Esophageal Cancer

Esophageal CancerLearn more about this condition where cells lining the tube between the mouth and the stomach grow uncontrollably forming tumors.


GallstonesLearn about this painful build up of pebble-like deposits in the gallbladder

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

GERDCommonly known as acid reflux or chronic heartburn, this painful condition occurs when acidic stomach contents flow backward from the stomach into the esophagus.


HeartburnA mild form of acid reflux experienced by millions of people throughout the United States. Usually controlled by medications and lifestyle change, it may progress to the more serious condition GERD.


HemorrhoidsLearn about inflammation and swelling of the veins in the anus or rectum

Hiatal Hernia

Hiatal HerniaA condition where a portion of the stomach protrudes through the muscular layer called the diaphragm.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Inflammatory Bowel DiseaseLearn more about this condition where the intestines become swollen or irritated typically related to Ulcerative Colitis or Chrohn’s disease.

Peptic Ulcer Disease

Peptic Ulcer DiseaseErosion of a portion of the stomach or duodenum causing pain and irritation.