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Crystal F. Totten, MD

Dr. Crystal Totten
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  • Gastrointestinal and Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • General Surgery
This provider offers TeleCare
  • Conditions treated

    Swallowing disorders including Achalasia,  Gastroesophageal reflux disease,  Distal esophageal diverticulum,  Hiatal and paraesophageal hernias,  Abdominal wall hernias,  Abdominal wall reconstruction,  Gallbladder disease,  Splenic disease,  Female groin pain,  Chronic appendicitis
  • About

    Crystal Totten, MD, is a general surgeon in the Division of Gastrointestinal and Minimally Invasive Surgery at UK HealthCare and holds an appointment as an assistant professor of surgery in the UK College of Medicine. She is actively involved in performing both laparoscopic and robotic procedures and has special interests in swallowing disorders, surgical endoscopy, hiatal hernia and abdominal wall reconstruction. Totten works to customize each patient’s procedure based on their needs and can manage abdominal wall hernias using open, laparoscopic and robotic approaches.

    After receiving her medical degree and completing training in general surgery at the University of South Florida, Totten went on to complete a fellowship in minimally invasive surgery and abdominal wall reconstruction at UK in 2016. She returned to UK as a faculty member in the fall of 2018.

    Totten is well published in the areas of cost and outcomes for hernia repair as well as the effects of medication alterations to collagen deposition following hernia repair. She is a member of the American College of Surgeons, the Society of American and Gastrointestinal Surgery, the American Hernia Society and the Association for Academic Surgery.

    Faculty Rank

    Assistant Professor of Surgery


    University of South Florida, College of Medicine, Tampa


    General Surgery, University of South Florida, College of Medicine, Tampa


    Minimally Invasive Surgery, University of Kentucky

    Certifications and Special Training

    American Board of Surgery

  • Procedures performed

    • Laparoscopic Heller Myotomy
    • Laparoscopic hiatal hernia repair +/- fundoplication
    • Laparoscopic recurrent paraesophageal hernia repair
    • Laparoscopic pyloromyotomy
    • Abdominal wall hernia repairs - laparoscopic, robotic or open approach tailored to the patient
    • Laparoscopic/robotic inguinal hernia repairs, primary and revisional
    • Abdominal wall reconstruction with TAR/ component muscle release
    • Cholecystectomy
    • Splenectomy
    • Appendectomy
    • EGD, Bravo pH testing
    • Endoscopy – EGD
    • pH and motility testing
    • Minimally invasive surgery, including robotics
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