Some people see the word “general” and get the wrong idea. Are these doctors who don’t specialize? On the contrary.

General surgeons are the backbone of an emergency department in any hospital – performing some of the most common procedures. These are highly-skilled and detail-oriented physicians – frequently operating on the esophagus, stomach, large and small intestines, pancreas, gallbladder, appendix, liver, and bile ducts.

Leading-Edge General Surgery Services

At Catholic Health, our general surgeons are all board-certified, with knowledge and experience you can trust.

General surgery is a field that continues to be revolutionized by technology. Robotic surgery and minimally invasive techniques have been proven to improve patient outcomes and reduce recovery times. 

Common General Surgery Procedures 

Best practices may differ depending on the patient's condition, so the care team can recommend a nonoperative solution, elective procedure, or emergency surgery as treatment.

Hernia Repair

A hernia is a hole in the abdominal wall that may allow organs or tissues to come through. Catholic Health general surgeons provide compassionate care to patients of all ages who may be suffering from hernias. The important thing to understand is that a hernia doesn't heal on its own – it requires medical attention.

Gallbladder Removal

Gallbladder disease, including gallstones, may present with chest or abdominal pain, as well as symptoms triggered after eating. Though it may sound like major surgery, gallbladder removal is a very common procedure for our general surgeons. Advanced techniques have greatly enhanced the patient experience. 

Emergency Surgery

A broad knowledge of the anatomy within the abdominal region allows general surgeons to be a great resource for emergency surgeries such as appendectomies and bowel resections. 

General Surgery Specializations

Given the vast knowledge that our general surgeons possess, it is not uncommon for our doctors to cross-specialize in:

  • Bariatric surgery
  • Breast surgery
  • Colorectal surgery
  • Gastrointestinal surgery
  • Endocrine surgery (thyroid, adrenal gland, etc.)
  • Wound care