General Surgery

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What Is General Surgery?

The America Board of Surgery defines general surgery as “a discipline that requires knowledge of and familiarity with a broad spectrum of diseases that may require surgical treatment.”

What Do General Surgeons Do?

A general surgeon consults with patients about symptoms, perform surgery and aid in the recovery process. They cover a host of medical aliments that require surgical treatment. When you see a surgeon he will asses the problem and give you treatment options, some of which will be non-surgical and some which be surgical. Together you will discuss what form a treatment will be most beneficial for whatever ailment you are facing.

At Tanner Clinic our General surgeons perform surgeries both open and laparoscopically. Some of the procedures and endoscopies deal with the following areas:

  • The Alimentary Tract:
    • Esophagus
    • Stomach
    • Small Bowl
    • Colon
    • Liver
    • Pancreas
    • Gallbladder
    • Bile Ducts
  • Abdomen and its contents, e.g. hernia surgery
  • Lumpectomy
  • Mastectomy
  • Skin, Soft Tissue
  • Emergency Surgery
  • Trama Care
  • Vascular Surgery
  • Colonoscopies
  • Upper Endoscopies

When Should I See a General Surgeon?

You should see a general surgeon for a work-up and treatment of any of any ailments or diseases in the areas listed above.

There are times when you can see a general surgeon without going to your primary care physician first, but this is not advised. For many individuals insurance will not cover the cost of a surgeon unless there is a referral given by the primary care physician. Many times these official, insurance required referrals only last a few months. Contact your insurance provider to find out the requirements of your plan before going to see a specialist.