Dr. Dresel's General Surgery Practice in Dallas, Texas

Alexandra Dresel, M.D. FACS, is both accomplished and talented. She has been in practice at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas since 2003. She is very approachable and friendly and her office staff is, too. Patients in need of surgery will be pleased with their experience, both in the office and in the operating room.

By working in a small office environment, Dr. Dresel is able to devote ample time to each patient. She spends adequate time giving detailed explanations of surgical options to patients and their families. Dr. Dresel has an excellent bedside manner and patients will feel comfortable and at ease with their surgeon.

  • Patients often request to have Dr. Dresel as their surgical specialist due to her accomplished skills and the use of advanced, state of the art technologies.
  • Primary care physicians and medical specialists in the North Texas area refer their patients to Dr. Dresel knowing the high quality of care they will receive.

Some Surgical Procedures Performed by Dr. Dresel:

Endocrine Surgery

Dr. Dresel has extensive experience in the surgical treatment of thyroid disease. She has performed the majority of the thyroid surgery at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas for the past several years. She performs approximately 80-100 thyroidectomies every year.

Thyroid surgery is often indicated for patients with thyroid cancer, large thyroid nodules and other conditions, which include goiter, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and Grave's disease. She performs minimally invasive thyroid surgery, which allows most patients earlier discharge from the hospital (often the same day as surgery) and earlier return to work and normal activity. The incision is small, achieving a favorable cosmetic result.

Dr. Dresel is one of the highest volume parathyroid surgeons in Dallas. She performs 50 parathyroid operations each year.

The parathyroid glands are responsible for producing parathyroid hormone, which regulates calcium levels in the blood. People who suffer from hyperparathyroidism usually have a parathyroid gland that has grown abnormally large. If left untreated, this can lead to kidney stones, stomach ulcers, decreased bone density, depression and chronic fatigue. Removal of a parathyroid adenoma is also achieved with a minimally invasive approach. Most patients are discharged and go home on the same day as their surgery. The incision is small, achieving a favorable cosmetic result.

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Laparoscopic Surgery

Removal of the gallbladder is one of the most common procedures performed by Dr. Dresel. Many people have gallstones and may ultimately suffer symptoms as a result of these gallstones. The gallbladder can be successfully removed with a laparoscope (camera) in the majority of cases. This is accomplished in the day surgery setting, with rapid return to normal activities.

Hernia Surgery

Inguinal hernia:
Both men and women can develop inguinal (groin) hernias. These can cause pain and a bulge in the groin. Repair is performed through a small incision. Dr. Dresel uses a dual-layer mesh system and a pain pump in the majority of the groin repairs. Most of these procedures can be performed using intravenous (IV) sedation and local anesthesia. This allows for rapid recovery and less post-operative pain than in the past.

Incisional hernia:
These hernias develop as a result of previous surgery. Repair usually requires the use of mesh.

Umbilical hernia:
Hernias involving the belly button can cause pain and a bulge in the umbilicus. These can be repaired in the day surgery setting, with or without mesh.

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Skin Cancers

Malignant melanoma is a type of skin cancer that requires wide excision to minimize risk of recurrence. The extent of the resection depends on the depth of the melanoma. Deeper melanomas may also require sampling of the lymph nodes to assess spread. This is achieved with a procedure called a sentinel lymph node biopsy. This is performed in the day surgery setting. Dr. Dresel is very experienced with sentinel lymph node biopsy in the setting of melanoma.

Basal Cell and Squamous Cell Carcinoma:
These types of skin cancer can usually be treated with local excision. This can often be performed in the office, using local anesthetic.

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Lymph Node Biopsy

Lymph nodes can become enlarged for a variety of reasons. These include:infection, inflammation, reaction to another disease process and cancer. Biopsy (removal) of a lymph node may be necessary to help determine the reason for the enlarged node(s). This is usually performed in the day surgery setting.

Soft Tissue Tumors

Lipomas, Sebaceous cysts and other soft tissue tumors can often be removed in the office, using local anesthesia. Dr. Dresel will evaluate each tumor and discuss whether this is an option prior to proceeding with any excision.

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