Sean Wells
Sean M. Wells, M.D., FACS

Sean M. Wells, M.D., FACS

Sean M. Wells, M.D., FACS
Specialty

Breast Surgery, General Surgery

Clinical Interests / Special Procedures Performed

Breast Aspiration, Breast Biopsy, Breast Cancer, Breast Disorders, Breast Pathology, Cancer Surgery, Cholecystectomy (Gallbladder), Cholecystectomy (Laproscopic), Colitis Surgery, Colon Cancer, Colorectal Cancer, Colorectal Conditions, Colorectal Surgery, Crohn's Disease, da Vinci (Robot-Assisted Surgery), Diverticulitis, Endocrine Surgery, Gall Bladder Surgery, Gallstone Disorders, Gallstone Dx, Gastrointestinal Cancer, Gastrointestinal Surgery, Gastroscopy, Hernia (Laparoscopic), Hernia Repair, Hernia Repair/Outpatient, Hernia Surgery, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Laparoscopic Surgery, Liver Surgery, Liver Surgery (Laparoscopic), Melanoma, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Office Surgery & Procedures, Pancreatic Cancer TX, Pancreatic Surgery, Rectal Cancer, Rectal Prolapse, Skin Biopsy, Skin Cancer, Skin Cancer Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, Thyroid Surgery, Ulcerative Colitis

  • Accepting Children: No
  • Accepting New Patients: Yes
  • Accepting Medicare: Yes
  • Accepting Medicaid/DSHS: Yes
Insurance Accepted:

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Philosophy of Care

In my practice, I try to uphold the ideals of a doctor/patient relationship by providing the best medical care possible and always making the interests of the patients my highest priority.

Personal Interests

I enjoy spending time with my family, cooking, professional sports and traveling to unique destinations.

Medical School

Tufts University, MA

Residency

Swedish Medical Center, WA

Board Certifications

American Board of Surgery

When a mole is more than a mole

As a general surgeon, I am often asked to evaluate a patient with an abnormal mole (pigmented nevus) or one that has been biopsied, revealing a premalignant or malignant growth.  It is not uncommon for the patient to tell me they either were totally unaware of the lesion or dismissed changes in the lesion over time. 

All skin cancers are not alike, and melanoma, a malignant cancer of pigmented skin cells (melanocytes), is by far the most dangerous of the group, accounting for over 75% of skin cancer deaths in the United States.  This amounts to about 48,000 melanoma related deaths world wide per year. 

Found early, when the lesion is superficial and small, cure rates are high, but as the cancer progresses, it invades deeper into the skin, and becomes far more likely to spread far from where it started.  It is for this reason that  ...

What To Expect When You Are Going To Have Surgery

If you are reading this, and the thought of having an operation is a little daunting, it may be helpful to arm yourself with some useful information. For most folks, the mere idea of undergoing a surgery can be a stressful and confusing time. Many people are still recovering from the surprise that their condition requires an operation, and are unprepared and overwhelmed with the amount of information they are given in anticipation of the procedure. Below is a brief and simplified summary of some of the things you may be told and are expected to understand. Because every surgery is a little different in regard to indications, expectations, risks, and recovery, the guide below should serve as a road map to help you navigate the process.

Most surgeons use the terms preoperative, perioperative, and postoperative to describe the various stages involved, and we will break these down to make understanding them a little easier.

Preoperative

Everything involved in the preparation for a surgical procedure falls under this category. In some instances, this stage is ...

Are you ready for surgery?

For most folks, the idea of undergoing an operation can be a stressful and confusing time. If the thought of having a surgery is a little daunting, it may be helpful to arm yourself with some useful information.

Before any operation, you should have the opportunity to talk with your surgeon. This consultation should include an explanation of why you need a surgery, what other options are available, and what the surgery and recovery entail. All operations have risks and complications and you should learn about them as part of the decision making process.

It is often necessary to perform certain tests or studies prior to your surgery. These are for your benefit so that your surgeon has as much information about you and your situation as possible. Surgeons do not like surprises.

Make sure to follow your preoperative instructions. This is your side of the bargain after you have decided to have surgery. Following directions about medications, fasting (not eating), and other preparation for an operation is essential to making the day go as smoothly as possible.

Some other tips for the day of your surgery include...

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Offices

Swedish Surgical Specialists Ballard
1801 N.W. Market St.
Ballard Professional Building, Suite 207
Seattle, WA 98107
Phone: 206-215-3500
Fax: 206-386-6706
Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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Swedish Surgical Specialists First Hill
1221 Madison St.
Arnold Pavilion, Suite 1401 and 1411
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: 206-386-6700
Fax: 206-386-6706
Monday and Thursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
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Swedish West Seattle Primary Care
3400 California Ave. S.W.
Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98116
Phone: 206-320-3399
Fax: 206-320-5506
Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
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